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Definition of varietal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or characterizing a variety varietal names also : being a variety in distinction from an individual or species varietal corn
2 : of a varietal wine (see varietal entry 2 sense 1) varietal grapes varietal blends


plural varietals

Definition of varietal (Entry 2 of 2)

1 or varietal wine : a wine (such as merlot) bearing the name of the principal grape variety from which it is produced Brothers Ross and Bill Spence established Matua in 1973 and were the first to bottle Sauvignon Blanc in New Zealand. Today, the winery produces a range of varietals at varying price points.— Alison Napjus Zinfandel works as a stand-alone, 100-percent varietal wine and also lends itself to blending.— James Laube
2 : a grape variety that is used to produce a varietal wine The grape, which produces lush fruit flavors of boysenberry and blackberry, along with vibrant acidity, it is without question Argentina's lead varietal.— James Molesworth

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The origin and varietal composition of these wines is often unfamiliar. Lettie Teague, WSJ, "Rosé’s Marvelous, Multi-Tasking Italian Cousin," 24 May 2019 The Darting winery makes Weißburgunder, but the rest of its portfolio is practically a study in the varietal diversity of the Pfalz. Lettie Teague, WSJ, "How German Winemakers Are Quietly Conquering the World," 19 July 2018 For those looking for a new white varietal bubbly, try a sparkling Pinot Grigio thats citrus notes and sparkling finish are nothing short of refreshing. Lauren Sheffield, Harper's BAZAAR, "Forget Rosé: These Are the Wines You Need to Be Sipping," 26 July 2018 But not anymore; rosé is all the rage this summer, somehow managing to outshine every other wine varietal out there. Marlisse Cepeda, Woman's Day, "Here's Why Everyone Is Suddenly So Obsessed With Rosé Wine," 30 June 2016 Plum, smoke, black cherry, vanilla, roasted meat, herbs and cedar notes are all present in this 100 percent varietal from Leelanau Peninsula. Michael Austin,, "Explore Michigan's diverse wine scene, one of the country's most exciting developing regions," 5 July 2018 The company’s founder, longtime bartender Vic Rodriguez, hopes to make the first in a line of single-varietal herbal spirits and amaro available in bars this fall and for retail sale by early 2019. Anne Brockhoff, kansascity, "Is your cocktail in season? Bartenders letting gardens dictate what's in your glass," 24 Apr. 2018 By going digital, the restaurant can provide tasting notes for each wine, and enable customers to sort the list by regions, varietal, ratings or price. NBC News, "Customer satisfaction with restaurants is up. Thank the robots.," 10 July 2018 This 100 percent varietal offers notes of violets, blackberry, plum, dark cherry, pencil shavings, raspberry and incense. Michael Austin,, "Explore Michigan's diverse wine scene, one of the country's most exciting developing regions," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of varietal


1866, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1941, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for varietal


variety + -al entry 1

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