By Kori ~ January 22nd, 2009.
This weekâ€™s Wine Word of the Week is varietal.
Official definition from Jancis Robinsonâ€™s The Oxford Companion to Wine:
Varietal is a descriptive term for a wine named after the dominant grape variety from which it is made. The word is increasingly misused in place of vine variety. A varietal wine is distinct from a wine named after its own geographical provenanceâ€¦. Varietal wines are most closely associated with the New World, where they constitute the great majority of wines produced.
Laymanâ€™s terms from Kori:
Varietal is a term used to describe a wine named after the grape variety from which it is made. Often confused with last weekâ€™s word, variety, varietal describes the wine in the bottle while variety describes the grapes grown on the vine. For example, a bottle of Chardonnay is a varietal wine produced from the Chardonnay grape variety.
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