Wine Word of the Week: Blend



By Kori ~ June 7th, 2011.

This week’s Wine Word of the Week is blend.

Official definition from Jancis Robinson’s The Oxford Companion to Wine:
Blend is any product of blending but specifically a wine deliberately made from more than one grape variety rather than a single varietal (which may contain only a small proportion of other varieties).

Layman’s terms from Kori:
Blend is a wine made from more than one grape variety. In the United States, a blend that does not have enough of a single variety to be varietally-labelled, or the winemaker chooses not to varietally-label it, is often labeled as “red wine”, “meritage”, “white wine”, or a proprietary name.


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