Have you noticed lately that some wineries no longer print the varietal breakdown on their labels? Rumor has it that the consumer, you and I alike, judge wines by the grapes themselves and not by the most important quality – taste. It’s not that a certain grape is bad but more of a misconception that a particular varietal is just not our style.
- Bonarda grape. Assumed to be fruity and flabby (no structure). Nope, not true. It’s not that fruity.
- Merlot. Don’t even make that face. You just haven’t found the right kind yet.
- Petite Sirah. Petite means small, as in grape size. That’s it. Taste is bold, fuzzy, thick. Delish.
So when I met with a winemaker and he told me that once he stopped printing the varietal breakdown on his labels his sales increased, I got to thinking. Yes, I know. I taste wine all day, don’t I do anything else? Well, I also think about wine, read about wine and dream about wine. But I digress…
His statement kicked my wine brain into gear and I realized something very interesting: there are many producers who do not print the grape varietal breakdown on their labels.
The truth of the matter is this: A blended wine uses more than one grape and captures the tastiest parts of each grape, which then produces a great bottle of wine. And that’s what we really want anyway, right?
Join us Friday, June 24th from 4-7pm
to discover, taste and rate these wines for yourself. They’re all great grapes. (say that five times fast).
Let’s stop playing hide-and-seek and start enjoying!