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.
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