What is a Red Blend Wine?

“Red mix” is a mention that “does what it says on the box”; it reveals both everything and nothing about what’s within. A red blend is a wine prepared from a combination of red wine grapes. The term has evolved to refer to a specific sort of New World red wine, usually from California (Napa valley red wines), that has been blended to look like classic European regional wines like Bordeaux. A note-Bordeaux is not a “red mix,” despite being a traditional Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon combination. 

If you favor monovarietal red wines like Cabernet Sauvignon or Pinot Noir, it’s time to branch out and try red blends. Red blends have a wide range of flavor characteristics, and pricing, because they are custom-made to fit individual winemakers’ preferences and ambitions.

You’re part of the trend if you’ve ever bought Apothic Red or Gnarly Head Authentic Black for $15 or less at a supermarket (oddly enough, a $750 bottle of Harlan Estate comes into the group, too). Red blends now sell more by volume than Pinot Noir or Merlot, and they’re on their way to overtaking Cabernet Sauvignon, the long-time monarch of red wines.

Winemakers combine grapes because it allows them to build a wine in a certain sense. A bit of Merlot can help soften Cabernet’s tannins, and a dash of Syrah can give Pinot a watery, economical touch. The blend is common in several regions: Rioja, for example, has traditionally blended Tempranillo, Graciano, and Garnacha. Many cheap modern blends of reds, on the other hand, are simply made to appeal to the masses (lots of very ripe dark fruit and no acidity) using whatever type will suffice.

Red blends have a wide range of flavor profiles, which are largely controlled by the grape types and vinification procedures employed in their production. Cabernet-heavy mixes, for example, will be full-bodied and flavorful, but merlot-dominant blends will be silkier and smoother. Don’t know which grapes go into a certain blend? For more information on a bottle, consult your trusted sommelier or a local wine merchant. A fast online search on the distributor’s website, on the other hand, is always a surefire approach to obtain useful information on a specific bottle. To find out who imports and/or distributes the bottle, simply glance at the rear label; their website will provide all the information you require.)

The red wine blend could include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petite Verdot, and Carmenere, which are Bordeaux red wine.

They Are Popular For a Reason

Wines have traditionally been blended to ensure that there are sufficient amounts of alcohol, acidity, tannin, and fruit extract to maximize the possibility of age ability, assuring that the wine will have interesting characteristics years down the road.

The increasingly popular sorts of red wine mixes on the market have taken advantage of this age-old practice to create wines that appeal to consumers looking for wines they can drink right away.

Wines that have been blended may have a more uniform flavor. Many people prefer the dependability of a wine flavor that they are accustomed to from other homogeneous grocery store products. Inexpensive red blend wines usually have a specific flavor profile, which allows the winemaker to tweak the formula using different varieties each year to produce a consistent product.

It’s also worth noting that mixing can provide a level of complexity not found in a single type. The winemaker can combine the best qualities of two or three grape varieties into one final product by mixing wines made from different kinds.

Winemakers have been combining red grapes since the beginning of time to create flavors that go beyond what a single grape varietal can generate. Modern wine connoisseurs have come to realize the potential of a good red blend, whether made from a historic recipe or a fresh new combination. Because of the wide range of red blends, it’s impossible to generalize them, but keep them on your radar because an excellent blend deserves a spot in any connoisseur’s cellar. 

Blending wines is another experiment with wine, which is perfect! Tell us about your favorite blend!

Cheers!