Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Wine Word of the Day: Variety
"Variety" refers to a single type of grape used in making a wine. For example, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc are both grape varieties. This term is often confused with the word "varietal," which refers to a type of wine. If you are referring to a type of blend, such as a Bordeaux blend of Cabernet, Merlot and Petit Verdot, you would use varietal. Just to screw you up, "varietal characteristic" again refers to the grape and not the wine, referring to the distinctive qualities of that variety. Cassis is a varietal characteristic of Cabernet Sauvignon.