This summer has been interesting, to say the least. I am looking forward to getting back into a routine and seeing what this year in CreComm has in store —hopefully a little less stress crying .
Scrolling through my last blog posts, I see I got a little crafty towards the end. Now it’s time to throw some real wine knowledge in your face again!
This weekend I started thinking about blends and varietals. My boyfriend’s family is awesome and they had a surprise wine tasting this weekend. In addition to that, they had a pizza cook-off and a caesar making competition. My boyfriend and I won the caesar competition— just saying. I guess I have a natural talent when it comes to drinks.
Photo courtesy of @knatez on Instagram – check him out!
Also, with a million years making drinks at Moxie’s Grill and Bar, you would hope I would win.
Not only was there a surprise wine tasting, the wine was a fleet of Oculus. I will let you check it out here:
Spoiler: it was amazing!
Anyways, let me explain to you the difference between a varietal and a blend.
A varietal is made from the same type of grape: Shiraz, Chardonnay, Merlot, etc. Varietals can use grapes from different regions in their wine, but it will still be all the same grape.
A blend is generally about 40-50% of one type of grape, and the rest is a mix of other grapes.
The general consensus was that blended wines are the best in the world.
I had it justified to me this weekend like this:
Picture your favourite grape as your favourite spice. Now imagine cooking with that spice. Sure, it’s good on its own, but when you add other spices to the mix it really brings out the flavour.
Wines that have too much tannin can be mixed with something less bold. If the aroma isn’t right, add a different wine!
Grapes grown in different places or picked at various times of year all have different flavours. The combination options are almost endless. The people that can make the perfect blend of wine must have the most incredible taste buds.
However, I have met many perfect blends in my day, so if that’s your job — keep up the great work!
White wines and Pinot Noirs usually aren’t blended.
Message me with your favourite wine blends, or let me know if you have any questions about wine.