Why Try … California Wine Blends?

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Why would someone want to try a California blend? Why not?! There are so many different reasons to get into California wine blends. Blends are crowd pleasers for anyone from the novice wine drinker to the experienced sommelier. They are usually packed with flavor and very interesting wines.

California Blends

Typically, they use the Bordeaux varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec, and Petite Verdot. However, many others can be thrown in as well. Sometimes there is even a varietal breakdown on the back label with the percentages that were used. Others will leave you guessing.

For wine blends requiring a bit of internet research, they may have to go to the winery’s website to find out exactly what is in your glass. This can be made into a fun game! Try and get everyone talking about what they think the varietals are before you reveal the answer. No matter the outcome, everyone is still a winner in this game!

Deliciously Pairing California Wine Blends with Food

Chaos Theory by Brown Estate - CKJY Exports Wine & Spirits Blog
Brown Estate
Blends are typically on the heavier side with a wide variety of flavors. Deep, dark, luscious ripe fruit with notes of licorice, tobacco, leather, coffee, chocolate, cedar, and clove just to name a few. There is usually a little something for everyone whatever the blend may be. This makes it a great option when you are trying to decide on a nice red with a group of people. Especially if you are out to eat or throwing a dinner party.
INFATUATION - Eagle Eye Winery - CKJY Exports Wine & Spirits Blog
Eagle Eye Winery
Blends pair beautifully with food due to their versatility. Blends are able to stand up to anything from an elegant cheese assortment to a porterhouse steak and everything in between. Some of my favorite pairing are The Chaos Theory by Brown Estate paired with a rack of lamb, Merlo Family Vineyards Blackbird with a Gorgonzola cheese burger and 2008 Infatuation by Eagle Eye Winery with a bone in ribeye. However, I find all blends pair brilliantly with French fries! Why? The reasoning behind is most blends have medium to high tannins.
Blackbird Blend - Merlo Family Estates Vineyard - CKJY Exports Wine & Spirits Blog
Merlo Family Estate Vineyard

Tannins in wine are the bitterness mouthfeel you will experience in wine much like chewing on a grape seed or stem. Salt is a tannins best friend. Salt mellows out tannin and allows these two to live together in peace and harmony. So my advice is the saltier the dish, the more tannic the wine should be.

A major reason for pouring a California blend to simply enjoy it. Whether you are sharing with friends paired with delicious food or savoring a glass by yourself California blends are highly approachable for anyone.

Cheers!


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