In my “Wine Naming and Labeling” article, I talked about how people’s knowledge of wine grape names (e.g., Pinot Noir and Chardonnay) is a relatively new phenomenon that resulted from the growth over the last 30 years in the availability, quality and popularity of “New World” wines. I also talked about how this relatively new knowledge of grape names has sparked some interesting discussions around blended wines (wines made from several different grape types) vs. varietal wines (wines made almost entirely from a single grape variety).
A lot of people wonder which is better. The quick answer is they’re both good. [Read more…]