Blended Wine

by Staff Writer - C. Barnett | January 29, 2012

Blended wines are made from two or more grape varieties, or from two or more grapes of the same variety that have different characteristics or vintages. (Varietal wines are made from a single grape variety).

Blending may be used to disguise a lower wine’s qualities or add more complexity and various characteristics to wine. Well-known blended wines include Bordeaux, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Champagne, Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Sangiovese and Syrah, while well-known unblended wines include Pinot Noir and Riesling.

If the wine bottle is labeled as a blend, the grape variety with the largest volume should be named first. Blended wine can be made with the same type of grapes, with different vintage years or they can be made with different grapes. There are many various ways to blend wine to create different aromas, colors, flavors, tastes and textures. The combination of blends is almost unlimited.

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