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Two Grapes are Better than One

Whether you're cooking a meal or painting a landscape, it takes skill to turn many ingredients into a single thing of beauty. The craft of winemaking is no different, which is why vintners love the challenge of blending: using many varietals to find a complex and sophisticated balance of flavor that can never be achieved with just one grape.

Blends are 100% wine—a mixture of varietals with different characteristics and flavor notes. Creating one gives a winemaker the chance to design by enhancing each grape's flavor and feel with complementary tastes from other grapes. Wine connoisseurs always list blends among their favorites because they are the best expression of the vintner's skill and artistry.

One of the world's most esteemed winemaking regions, Bordeaux, France, is famed for producing sought-after—and expensive—blends. When you get a bottle of Bordeaux, the expectation is a perfectly balanced blend of two or three varietals from a short list of local grapes, such as Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc, and under-the-radar Petit Verdot and Muscadelle. In our collection, Château Canon La Forêt is a prime example of a complex but velvety mixture of flavors, combining notes of cherry and red fruit with influence from the clay and limestone terroir. For a slightly more herbal edge we have the Les Chartrons Bordeaux, a ruby red blend of Merlot, Cabernet France and Cabernet Sauvignon. White wine drinkers can enjoy the charms of Bordeaux with a medley of crisper flavors such as the citrus, gooseberry and honeysuckle notes of our Le Parlement.

Blending doesn't stop at the border of Bordeaux. Italy is renowned for the craft, most evident in the trend of people enjoying blends referred to as "Super Tuscans". Makers of the most revered Rosés in the world often combine Cinsault, Grenache or even Malbec to achieve a delicate taste. California winemakers are also on the blend bandwagon, with the complementary tastes of Syrah and Grenache often being found together. Our earthy El Portal Red Blend, already a winner of five awards at California competitions, is a semi-dry blend of Zinfandel, Merlot and Syrah.

Have a look at our featured selections below and get ready to discover the beauty of blend. Try the sophisticated taste of wine that is complex, exciting, and greater than the sum of its parts.

Blends are 100% wine—a mixture of varietals with different characteristics and flavor notes.