Wine Tips & Tricks

Famous Wine Blends

If you made your own wine blend, what would you make?

Check out the classic white and red wine blends from around the world.

Creating the blend might just be the most creative part of being a winemaker. It’s the moment where you get a chance to exercise your skills at flavor balancing. In fact, the process of blending goes beyond just putting grape varieties together. Many winemakers go through a rigorous barrel selection process to identify the best tasting wines. The top barrels go into a winery’s reserve bottlings, either reserved as a single variety or put together into a cuvée (French for ‘vat’).

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Wine Blends

Bordeaux


A medium to full-bodied wine with notes of graphite, smoke, plum, black currant and tobacco.

  • Merlot
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Petit Verdot
  • Malbec

White Bordeaux


A zesty and lightly colored white wine with flavors of gooseberry and melon. A few examples are oak-aged and have a lightly creamy texture.

  • Sémillon
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Muscadelle

Learn more about the Bordeaux Region, the origin place of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Bordeaux Wine Region


Champagne


A high acidity sparkling wine with notes of lemon, almond, honeycomb and apple.

  • Chardonnay
  • Pinot Meunier
  • Pinot Noir

Learn more about Champagne Champagne Wine Region

Châteauneuf du Pape


A medium-bodied red wine with notes of maraschino cherry, raspberry, leather and faded rose.

  • Grenache
  • Syrah
  • Mourvèdre
  • Bourboulenc
  • Cinsault
  • Clairette Blanche
  • Counoise
  • Grenache Blanc
  • Muscardin
  • Picardan
  • Piquepoul Blanc
  • Roussanne
  • Terret Noir
  • Vaccarèse

Chianti


A medium-bodied wine with notes of black cherry, leather, tomato, and vanilla

  • Sangiovese 70-100%
  • No more than 15% Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc
  • Up to 30% of Others

Super Tuscan


A full-bodied red wine with flavors of blueberry, clove and leather

  • Merlot
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Sangiovese
  • Syrah
  • Cabernet Franc

Learn more about Italy’s wine regions. Italian Wine Region Map


Amarone


A medium to full-bodied red wine with bold tannins and notes of fig, dried cranberry, clove, sweet tobacco and leather

  • Corvina
  • Molinara
  • Rondinella
  • Other Indigenous Varieties

Soave


A medium-bodied white wine with notes of lemon, almond, and occasionally creaminess from oak-aging

  • Garganega — up to 70%
  • Trebbiano, Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc

Cava


A classic styled sparkling wine with notes of white peach, granite and lemon

  • Macabeu
  • Parellada
  • Xarello
  • Chardonnay

Learn more about Cava, a delicious alternative to Champagne All about Cava

Rioja


A medium to full-bodied red wine with bold tannins and flavors of black cherry, black plums, figs and leather

  • Tempranillo — up to 100%
  • Mazuelo
  • Graciano
  • Maturana Tinta

Know the difference between Crianza and Reserva Rioja: How to Buy Rioja


Priorat


A medium to full-bodied red wine with notes of raspberry, blueberry brambles, pepper, violet and wet-granite

  • Grenache
  • Syrah
  • Carignan
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Merlot

Port


A full-bodied fortified wine with notes of blackberry, black currant, graphite, figs and raisins

  • Touriga Franca
  • Touriga Nacional
  • Tinta Roriz
  • Tinta Barroca
  • Tinto Cão
  • Others

Portugal’s underrated region The Douro Valley


Meritage


A full-bodied red wine with notes of blueberry, plum, violets, pepper and vanilla.

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Merlot
  • Petit Verdot
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Malbec
  • Carménère

GSM ‘Rhône’ Blend


A medium to full-bodied red wine with notes of raspberry, blackberry, vanilla, bacon fat and allspice

  • Grenache
  • Syrah
  • Mourvèdre
  • Others

White Rhône Blend


A full-bodied white wine with notes of cream, apple, lemon curd and parmesan cheese

  • Marsanne
  • Roussanne
  • Clairette
  • Grenache Blanc
  • Bourboulenc
  • Viognier

Provençal Rosé


A dry rosé with nuanced flavors of strawberry, melon, lavender and orange

  • Cinsault
  • Grenache
  • Syrah
  • Vermentino (a.k.a. Rolle)

Red Burgundy


A light-bodied red wine with notes of cherry, raspberry, peony, and clove

  • Pinot Noir — minimum of ~85%
  • Gamay
  • Pinot Gris
  • Pinot Blanc
  • Chardonnay

White Burgundy

A medium-bodied white wine with notes of lemon, apple, chalk and cream

  • Chardonnay
  • Aligote

The secrets to Burgundy Simple Guide to Burgundy Wine


Prosecco

A delicately floral sparkling wine with notes of lilies and peaches

  • Prosecco (a.k.a. ‘Glera’)

Barolo


A medium-bodied wine with bold tannins and notes of cherries, leather, clove and anise

  • Nebbiolo

Barolo is a sub-region in Northwestern Italy Find out more about Piedmont


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About Madeline Puckette

I'm a certified sommelier and creator of the NYT Bestseller, Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine. Find me out there in the wine world @WineFolly