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What is "varietal"

Posted by RGermuska, Jun 8, 2007.

OK I'm confused (and clearly no wine expert).

According to Wikipedia:

"Varietal describes wines made from a single named grape variety"

But the wine I was submitting was a blend of two different grapes (I think) cab sauv & malbec. So I left out the varietal on the form.

However I was then forced to enter one.

What am I not understanding?

Cheers, Rich


Reply by Philip James, Jun 8, 2007.

Technically it might want to be "Variety", since "Varietal" is usually a "Varietal Wine" - ie. a wine made from a single grape Varietal (eg. Chardonnay). I'm just worried that if we leave it as "Variety" people will write "Red Wine" or something in there.

Varietal is a pretty commonly misused term.

For now, we'll leave it and you should just put in all the grapes the wine has in it.

Reply by RGermuska, Jun 11, 2007.


I feel the use of "varietal" (once you know the meaning) in this context is confusing.

How about "Grape variety(s)" or something similar instead.

I would have understood this from the off.

Cheers, Rich

Reply by Mark Angelillo, Jun 14, 2007.

I'm guessing the best way for us to get this across is to add examples.

"Ex: 'Cabernet Sauvignon', 'Cabernet Sauvignon; Merlot', 'Pinot Noir'"

Something like that...

Reply by RGermuska, Jun 15, 2007.

Yeah, that would work for me. R

Reply by Philip James, Jun 15, 2007.

Rich - thats just been done

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