Definition - What does Blend mean?
The term Blend refers to wines that are made from more than one variety of grapes. By blending different varieties of grapes instead of using a single grape variety, the winemakers are able to produce a more complex and well-rounded wine with enhanced aromas, flavors, color and texture.
The process of blending is applied on both red and white wines, in some cases a combination of red and white varietals is used for creating a unique expression of a wine.
WineFrog explains Blend
It is a known fact that some of the best wines in the world are made from a blend of grape varietals rather than a single varietal. The most notable goals of blending a wine involves balancing the flavors and to achieve a specific sense of taste. Depending where the wine is produced (Wine Region), there are laws that generally dictate as to which type of wines are allowed to be blended.
Some of the most famous blended wines from around the world:
- Châteauneuf-du-Pape (RHONE, FRANCE): A blend made from up to 13 different varieties of grapes.
- Red Bordeaux (FRANCE): A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot.
- Super Tuscan (TUSCANY, ITALY): A blend composed of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Others.
- Meritage (USA): A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Carmenere.
- White Rioja (SPAIN): Made from Viura (Macabeo), Malvasia, Verdejo, Garnacha Blanca and Others.