Sunday, November 20, 2005

Blended vs. Unblended Wine

Posted by Phil Aaronson at 9:01 PM

Photo by Gerson Goldberg.
Recently I had the chance to drink a couple glasses of a really excellent 2001 Merlot that my friend Gerson poured with dinner. It was a bottle his boss Bob Riccomini had hand made. Wine making is apparently a "hobby" of Bob's if you can call acquiring a grape crusher a hobby and still keep a straight face, then a hobby it is.

But the reason I mention this, those couple glasses really drove home for me the meaning of "blend". My admittedly limited winery tour education did manage to barely register with me that most wines are really a blend of grapes. But what does that mean exactly? Turns out, I had to drink unblended wine to really get it. It was fun. If you get the chance to try an unblended wine, definitely do.

My thanks to G and Bob.


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