What Is a Blended Wine?

Have you ever seen a bottle of wine that’s listed as a blended white or blended red varietal? It can be a bit of a surprise, even for people who regularly consume wine on its own or with certain types of cuisine. Blended wines don’t always get the best reputation, but they can provide you with out-of-this-world flavors, textures and aromas. It Starts With the Grape When we say “blended wine,” we mean wine that is made from different types of grapes or varietals. Most white or red wine we buy is composed of one type of grape, such as …
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The Ultimate Guide to New York Wines and Wineries

When it comes to American wines, California seems to get all the attention. But those who are laser-focused on Napa and Sonoma are missing out. Upstate New York has quietly earned a reputation for excellent wine, and New York wine country has blossomed into a wonderful tourist destination. To put New York’s wine industry into perspective, let’s turn to the latest research from the New York Wine & Grape Foundation. There are over 1,600 family vineyards and 400 wineries in New York alone. This results in the production of over 175 million bottles of wine generating $408 million in local …
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“Wine Time with Mike & Holly – Treana 2013 Marsanne/Viognier White”

The 2013 Treana White is a deep gold color and exhibits lush aromatics. Bold aromas of honeysuckle, pineapple and orange oil prepare the palate for a wine of complexity and balance. The smooth entry leads to rich flavors of blood orange, peaches, and apricots along with subtle hints of dried herbs and finely ground white pepper. The 2013 vintage brings a racier wine than we have seen traditionally in our white wine blend. The long, well-balanced finish is matched by a lean crisp acidity that lingers in the mouth. Treana White has a trusted history of aging beautifully for 10 …
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Pinot Noir from Germany at a Value Price

The warm weather is finally here, prime time for crisp white and subtle, elegant red wines. And there may be no better red for the season than Pinot Noir. Pinot Noir has been nicknamed “the heartbreak grape” due to it being so difficult to grow well and causing great disappointment with grape growers and winemakers. I’d say for wine drinkers, the heartbreak often comes with Pinot Noir’s price! Great value Pinot Noir is almost an anomaly, with the greatest wines coming from famed part’s of France’s Burgundy region, Oregon’s Willamette Valley, and up and coming, cooler regions in California. None of these areas …
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