By Kori ~ February 15th, 2011.
This week’s Wine Word of the Week is non-vintage.
Official definition from Jancis Robinson’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 ‘reserve wines’, 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 year’s vintages.
Layman’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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