Learn About Grapes
Learn About Red and White Varietals / Blends
A Varietal describes a wine made primarily from a single named grape variety, and which typically displays the name of that variety on the wine label. Examples of grape varieties commonly used in varietal wines are Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Merlot. Wines that display the name of two or more varieties on their label, such as a Cabernet/Merlot, are blends and not varietal wines.
To a novice, understanding the unique characteristics of a wine can be a daunting task. Organized below by red and white are the more popular wine varietals and blends you will encounter as you expand your enjoyment of wine. Included are the notable fragrances and flavors these wines could exhibit, but don’t be disappointed if the wine you taste does not match this list exactly – it’s only a guide.