As a concoction that offers the most beautiful flavors and notes for our palette, wine maintains its reputation as a way to create blends that would truly exceed all expectations.
Connoisseurs have been creating wine blends throughout history, but it takes a talented wine lover with an eye for beauty in flavor to create a mixture that offers the very best expressions of wine.
But how do you do so? For that, your friendly neighborhood winemakers are here to educate you about the factors that affect the perfect blend of wine.
But first, a little lesson in understanding the complexities of blending.
Is Blending Wine Really so Difficult?
When it comes to blending wines, one does not simply pour amounts of wine into a blender.
Blending wine is tricky business, one that cannot be achieved by someone who just loves the flavor and wants to try something new. There is a masterful side to blending that requires definite understanding of the mechanism that affects our palette, so that your blend gives you a flavorsome result.
This is why many vintners take up the task of creating blended wines that will appeal to the general public.
So WHY Do Vintners Blend their Wine?
There are several reasons why a winemaker would want to blend different vintages and styles of wine. Wine is usually blended to;
- Enhance the aroma
- Add and minimize any flavor that may be overwhelming the taste
- Improve the color
- Adjust the pH
- Lower or raise the acidity
- Correct a wine if it has too much oak influence
- Raise or lower tannin levels
- Maintain alcohol levels
- Adjust the sweetness of the wine
What Must Be Kept in Mind When You’re Blending Wine
- Understand the difference between varietals and blends. Varietal wines like Chardonnay are made from the same grape type. Blends use different wines, and thus different grapes to create the required flavor.
- Blending wines will give you a more complex flavor. As stated above, blending enhances the texture, body, scent and many other aspects of the wine by combining aspects of each with one another.
- Not all varietals can be used for blending. Only winemakers know which grapes offer the optimum flavor for wine, so if you choose to create a blend, always ask a reliable source.
Steps to Consider When Blending Wine
- Never approach wine blending without an end goal. Are you seeking to blend wines just for the fun of it, or are you experimenting with your palette and want to bottle the blend. Determining this goal will give you enough hindsight to prepare.
- Blend wines with similar notes. Now, you can choose to just blend your bottle of Chianti red with another red Italian wine, and softer white with white Chardonnay. But if you’re seeking to be a bit adventurous, start blending by filling a glass halfway with the wine that has the simplest flavor.
- Never blend bad wines with good wines. You’ll only be wasting the goodness of the better wine.
- Blend in small quantities. NEVER add too much wine when blending because you won’t be able to keep a flavor balance.
- Try blending wines from the same year.
- Keep notes on your blending expeditions so you can keep track of what you did right and wrong.
Now that you have enough information about the art of blending wine, come and visit the Montemaggio vineyards to see what wine we have to offer through our direct sale. And create a blend for yourself that will truly provide you with some magical moments.