varietal wine

variants: or less commonly varietal

Definition of varietal wine

: a wine (such as merlot) bearing the name of the principal grape from which it is produced

Examples of varietal wine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Broadbent Sercial Madeira 10-Year-Old, NV, Portugal Named for Portugal’s native sercial grape, this driest of Madeira styles is brighter and crisper than the other three Madeira varietal wines. Dallas News, "Throw a wine and jamon pairing at home with takeout from Enrique Tomas and some stunning wines," 15 May 2020 Crown Point Vineyard Known for Bordeaux varietal wines, this Happy Canyon AVA producer plans a series of virtual tastings launching next week with winemaker Simon Faury. Matt Bean, Sunset Magazine, "Virtual Tastings, Free Shipping, and More: Your Guide to the Wine World During Quarantine," 25 Mar. 2020 With the help of a lead sommelier, the winery creates about 700,000 cases of blends and single varietal wines per year, according to the company website. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "This popular Midwest restaurant and winery chain will open 2 Arizona locations this year," 3 Jan. 2020 In skilled hands, frappato can be made as a single varietal wine that tastes like summer sunshine., "Welcome the fall with fragrant frappato - The Boston Globe," 24 Sep. 2019 My most recent discovery close to home is Walsh Family Wines in Loudoun County, Va., where Nate and Sarah Walsh are crafting delicious single-vineyard varietal wines — don’t miss the merlot! Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, "Fall harvest is the best time to visit wine country. Here are 4 places to get you started," 6 Sep. 2019 The Sobons long ago established a reputation for varietal wines and blends of faithful character and high value. Mike Dunne, sacbee, "Shenandoah Valley’s newest winery Paul J. Wines recognizes the old," 4 July 2018 Below are notes from a recent tasting of Pedro Ximenez varietal wines. Michael Austin,, "How to enjoy Pedro Ximenez sherry," 18 Apr. 2018 The epitome of 100 percent viognier varietal wine, however, comes from the small northern Rhone Valley appellation of Condrieu, and the even smaller appellation of Chateau-Grillet within Condrieu. Michael Austin,, "Love chardonnay? Give viognier a try," 30 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of varietal wine

1950, in the meaning defined above

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“Varietal wine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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