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.
Diablo Paso Wines
Diablo Paso Wines specializes in producing small-lot Spanish varietals that can be described as ‘Old World meets New World’ in style.
Enrique and Nora Torres created Diablo Paso Wines to express the thing ...Read more...
Thacher's award-winning wines and beautiful historic 'KR' barn are quickly putting them on the map
For decades, quarter horses, cattle and cowboys roamed the grassy hill ...Read more...
Cordon of Santa Barbara
A boutique wine producer blending 'Old World' sensibility with 'New World' winemaking techniques
Etienne Terlinden was introduced to wine at a very young age and even ...Read more...
Carter Estate Winery
An elevated winery experience nestled in the Temecula Valley of California’s South Coast AVA, Carter Estate Winery offers a luxurious setting with premium, small-lot wines.
One of the gems of Southern California’s Temecula Valley, Carter Estat ...Read more...