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.
Derby Wine Estates
Bordeaux, Rhône, and Burgundian-style award-winning wines.
Ray Derby thought he would be long retired by now. ...Read more...
Blue Rock Vineyards
Located in Alexander Valley where Cabernet really shines
Sonoma County's Blue Rock Vineyard was producing wine some 100 years b ...Read more...
Paritua Vineyard & Winery
Stunning, award-winning wines that stem from a commitment to quality, diversity and distinctiveness
Located in the heart of Hawkes Bay in the ‘Bridge Pa Triangle’ Distric ...Read more...
Pegasus Estate Winery
Two equestrian loving individuals in pursuit of crafting fine Bordeaux-inspired wines
You would think that a winery that is more than a decade old and still ...Read more...