By Kori ~ February 15th, 2011.
This weekâ€™s Wine Word of the Week is non-vintage.
Official definition from Jancis Robinsonâ€™s The Oxford Companion to Wine:
Non-vintage, often abbreviated to NV, is a blended wine, particularly champagne or sparkling wine, which may contain the produce of several different vintages, although in champagne-making practice it is usually substantially based on the most recent vintage, to which some additional ingredients from older years, often called â€˜reserve winesâ€™, may be added.
Within the European Union, basic table wine may not be sold with a vintage year on it and is in practice often a blend made throughout the year so that the first blend of the winter season, typically, may contain a mixture of wine from both the new and last yearâ€™s vintages.
Laymanâ€™s terms from Kori:
Non-vintage refers to a blended wine that is produced from grapes grown in two or more different years. This practice is common in sparkling wine production in order to achieve a house style that is consistent from year to year.
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