The difference between a “varietal” and a “blended wine” is that varietals by law must have minimums of 75%-85% of a single grape, while blended wines can have more than ten different grapes combined to create the finished wine. There may be a perception among some, that Red Wine Blends are inferior to varietal wines, but in fact the blending of quality grapes from various regions often produces highly regarded results.
Some of the most famous red wine blends include; Super Tuscan, a blend started in Italy that contains Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese, Syrah, Merlot and Petite Verdot. France has its own famous blends, such as Bordeaux Red Blends (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petite Verdot and Carmenere) and Rhône-Style Blends that may have up to 15 different grapes in the mix.
Winemakers enjoy the creative blending process as they attempt to create new and exciting flavors and aroma profiles. Some of the wines are mixed in stainless steel vats while others are put on oak. The results of each blend are quite unique. Other popular red wine blends include; Heritage, Chianti, Amarone, Priorat, and Port as well as a number of others. We have featured a Red Blend in each of our six wine clubs. See our current selection below.
Level 3 Wines
A fledgling winery located in the Paso Robles AVA that is already turning heads with impressive, small-production red wines
Founded in 2015 in Paso Robles, California, Level 3 Wines is the lates ...Read more...
Coup de Foudre Winery
John Schwartz and his cast of characters are what Hollywood movies are made of, and there's no arguing about the success of his brands
If wineries were given awards for their names, Coup de Foudre Winery o ...Read more...
Dalliance & High Valley Vineyard
Nestled in the heart of Lake County, California, this pair of terroir-driven, certified sustainable wineries offer stand-out wine selections that capture the character of this remarkable winegrowing region
This month’s Gold Wine Club selections are unique in the fact that we ...Read more...
A truly tiny and artisan style winery in Sonoma County
Located on six acres in Sonoma County's Russian River Valley appellati ...Read more...