Wine Blending at Home

Don’t like what you’re drinking and yet the wine’s not technically bad, or corked enough to return? Take a leap. Grab another bottle and blend them. See what happens. It might become the best or worst thing you’ve ever tasted, but at least you know it was your blend. Nothing can take that away from you.

It was the harsh, closed Chilean carmenére I drank one night that made me appreciate the power of blending. I remembered a half-emptied bottle of Santa Julia Viongier in the fridge, added a splash of it to the carmenére, and voila – I had a completely different wine with more aromatics and a softer texture. And, I didn’t have to waste that almost full bottle of carmenere.

Sure, blending white with red sounds kinda’ gross until you think of the august Hermitage wines of the northern Rhone Valley: syrah and viognier, baby. Power plus beauty is the way to go.

Why blend wine? Grapestompers offers a few reasons:

To enhance aroma (As I did with the carmenére/vio.)
To improve color
To add or minimize flavors and tastes
To adjust the pH of a wine
To lower or raise acidity or alcohol levels
To adjust the sweetness of a wine
To correct a wine with too much oak flavor
To raise or lower levels of tannin

The great thing is, blending can be done anytime and almost anywhere – at home or in a restaurant – but it’s especially fun at a big dinner party, when there’s lots of wine to play around with.

Here are some famous blends to try:

Alsace: pinot gris, pinot blanc, riesling, gewürtztraminer, muscat

Red Bordeaux/Meritage: cab sauvignon, cab franc, merlot, petite verdot, carmenére

White Bordeaux/Meritage: sauvignon blanc, semillion, muscadelle

Champagne: chardonnay, pinot noir, petit menieur

Rhone: syrah, viognier, morvedre, granache, carignan

Rioja: tempranillo, garnacha

Super Tuscan: sangiovese, cab sauvignon, merlot

Zinfandel: zinfandel, petite syrah, carignan

What’s blendable for the big boys certainly works for us. But, these formulas are only starting points for wine blending. There is literally no end to what combinations can be blended at home.

So try it. Go nuts mixing things up, and tell me what you get. I love a good blend.

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Mari Kane

Mari is a writer, blogger and WordPress consultant, living in Vancouver, BC, the most wine-soaked town north of the 49th Parallel. She also blogs about WordPress web design at Blogsite Follow her on Twitter or Google Plus.

4 thoughts on “Wine Blending at Home

  • November 5, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    Ooh, I loved your post! Sounds like fun, makes me want to give it a try. If it's okay with you, I'd love to direct our Foodista readers to your blog. Just add your choice of widget to this post and you're all set!

  • November 25, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    Thanks, Diva!

  • November 26, 2009 at 12:50 am

    Thanks, Mari!

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