By Kori ~ August 20th, 2009.
This weekâ€™s Wine Word of the Week is Meritage.
Official definition from Jancis Robinsonâ€™s The Oxford Companion to Wine:
Meritage is the name coined in 1981 by the winner of a competition in the Los Angeles Times for American wines made from a blend of grape varieties in the image of Bordeaux, devised to distinguish these wines from varietal Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, etc., most usefully on wine lists. This trade-marked name is legally available on labels only to American wineries that agree to join the Meritage Associationâ€¦.
Laymanâ€™s terms from Kori:
Meritage is a trademarked name used by American producers who are members of the Meritage Association to label their Bordeaux-style blends. This term gives the impression of a higher quality wine rather than simply calling it a red or white table wine.
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