The Blend Trend
“I drink Cabernet.” Or even, “I only drink Chardonnay.”
You may be missing out on some excellent wines that are blends of two, three, four even five varietals. So let’s talk about these…
First, blends are surging in popularity however, this is a fairly old idea. Australia has put a new twist on an old-world blend known as GSM (Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre). GSM originated in France and is the common basis for Chateauneuf de Pape.
Blended wines allow the winemaker to adjust the characteristics of the wine to accommodate the qualities of the various grapes of a given harvest. Need more fruit? Add Syrah. Need more tannins? Add Mourvedre. This in turn, creates a wine with a greater shelf life and aging potential.
American winemakers have undertaken some very high quality blends under the name of Meritage (rhymes with ‘heritage’). These Bordeaux-style wines represent some of the best blends California has to offer often comprised of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and other varietals.
Listed below are some blends worth trying — All of which are available at Cranberry Liquors.