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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

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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.

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Reply by RGermuska, Jun 11, 2007.

Hi,

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

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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...

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Reply by RGermuska, Jun 15, 2007.

Yeah, that would work for me. R

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Reply by Philip James, Jun 15, 2007.

Rich - thats just been done


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