Wine blends are all about bringing out the best of different grapes and regions—here are a few bottles that fit the bill.
Many of us shy away from what we don’t know—and that rule still holds true when it comes to wine. We often choose wine based on the varietals we like and get intimidated by—or judgmental of—unknown blends.
But blends are actually where winemakers can get creative and combine the best traits of the grapes that they grow. It’s all about finding winemakers to trust. Here are five that you can test out:
This red wine blend is sweet instead of the usual dry, and it’s way more versatile as a result. It can even be had as a dessert wine. This crowd pleaser would pair well with Tomato and Basil Pasta, Lasagna, and decadent desserts like Burnt Basque Cheesecake.
This Rhone Valley brand is considered one of the world’s best winemakers and regularly produces wine blends rated over 90 points. This particular bottle is way smoother than most red wines, and is made by a world-renowned winemaker.
This is a white wine blend made up of Chardonnay and Ribolla Gialla, the latter of which is a rare grape that’s only found in specific parts of Italy and Slovenia. This one is light and dry, but is rounded out by a lot of fruitiness and spice, with White Nectarine, Pink Grapefruit, White Flowers notes.
Grown and nurtured from the southern Spanish region of La Mancha, this red blend puts together the spiciness of Syrah and the savory flavors of Tempranillo. Bursting with ripe blackberry and spice, it makes a good pairing with red meat.
This blend is unapologetically Spanish, using Macabeo and Garnacha grapes for smokiness and fruitiness respectively. Pale straw in color, it would make good pair with both tapas like Jamon Serrano and Manchego and also creamy chicken dishes.