Wine Word Wednesday: Varietal

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A varietal wine is a wine made from only one type of grape. The grapes can come from different vineyards, but they must be the same variety of grape. Most New world wines are generally categorized by the varietal, while Old World wines by their region.  The exception to the is is of course blends. Fun fact: Per the United States Alcohol and Tobacco Trade and Tax Bureau, wines made in the United States only have to be 75%  one variety of grape to be classified as a varietal wine! Check the back of your Pinot Noir; it may say Pinot Noir, Gamay, and Syrah!

Sarah Basta