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?
Sokol Blosser “Evolution”
Home Grown Family Harvest Red 2008
Alma Negra 2006
Cinnabar Mercury Rising 2008
Orin Swift The Prisoner 2009
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!