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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

Examples of varietal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The cards identifying cheeses in the case also suggest wine pairings (by grape varietal or region), but feel free to ask the owner for specific recommendations. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A comprehensive guide to Milwaukee-area cheese shops," 28 Jan. 2020 Characterized by exuberant fragrance and red berry flavors, the varietal hails from the southeastern corner of Sicily., "Welcome the fall with fragrant frappato - The Boston Globe," 24 Sep. 2019 That goes for varietal malbec, syrah and grenache, too, which in addition to tempranillo are now the leading red varieties in the warm-climate regions of Oregon. Gerry Frank,, "Cheers to these 2 Roseburg wineries: Gerry Frank’s picks," 14 July 2019 Soft, professional, varietal music in a restaurant getting complaints. Linda Gandee/special To,, "Classical clarinetist entertains at the bar at Carrabba’s restaurant in Westlake," 5 Aug. 2019 Today, varietal tempranillo is produced by over 200 wineries throughout the U.S., and Abacela can rightly be considered a pioneer in that effort. Gerry Frank,, "Cheers to these 2 Roseburg wineries: Gerry Frank’s picks," 14 July 2019 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

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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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“Varietal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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