In our blog article last week, “Wine Advisor Debate – Blends vs single varietal wines” we discussed the differences between wines made from a single variety and those which do not always carry the names of the grapes on the label so you can never be sure what’s in the blend . Having provided you with some information about these sorts of wines we thought we’d let you have your say.
Have you had a bad experience with a wine that was a blend of grapes or have you been pleasantly surprised by a blend in the past? And if you were honest with yourself, did you realise that some of the wines listed (e.g. Rioja, Bordeaux, Chateauneuf du Pape and Champagne) were a blend of grapes and did not contain a single variety? Have you tried blending your own wines at home and if so what did you think? Or comparing single varietal wines from different estates or regions to see the difference that this makes to the varietal characteristics for yourself? Do you agree that most of the time you can get a feel for what a wine will be like if it has a single grape variety listed on the label before even opening the bottle, or is just as much of a gamble as buying a blended wine? And if you prefer single varietal wines to blends, what is it about them which makes them so special and unique?
Whatever your opinion, we’d love to hear it!