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Mix and match a custom wine blend

By T.J. Aulds

The Daily News

Published April 29, 2012

Mission: Learn how to blend wines

 

What you need: A good selection of various wines, reds are best. A wine expert and the willingness to experiment.

 

Basic cost: About $25 to $30 for the wines used to make the blend at D’Vine Wine, 2110 Strand in Galveston’s downtown. Then on average $20 to $60 a bottle — depending on wines used in the blend — for your custom blend to be bottled or about $575 for a case of 30 bottles.

 

The vast majority of wines are made from one type of grape. Chardonnay is a popular choice for fans of white wine, while cabernet sauvignon is a favorite among devotees of red wine.

 

For a small, but growing group of wine drinkers, the practice of mixing various types of wines is gaining in popularity.

 

My first experience with a blended wine was at Grotto restaurant in Las Vegas where the steward recommended we try a “Super Tuscan.”

 

Popular in the Tuscany region of Italy, Super Tuscans were for years just a cheap way to blend various wines. But within the last 20 years, those blends have become a highly popular wine that’s won awards around the world.

 

In Galveston County, D’Vine Wine, with its locations on The Strand in Galveston and in Kemah, offers wine lovers a hands-on experience to make a blend to delight your palate.

 

For my visit we started off with a 50 percent — 3 ounces — mix of Cabernet. Weems suggests that no matter your blend, you need a foundation wine that should be 50 percent to 60 percent of what will be a 6 ounce pour.

 

Next was about 2 ounces of Malbec, a rich, fruity wine that traditionally has been used in France for blending.

We rounded out the blend with 1.2 ounces of Pinot Noir to add complexity, earthy tones and berry flavors.

 

A key step in the blending process is to aerate the wine, especially when dealing with red wines. Scissors-32x32.png Read More

http://galvestondailynews.com/story/310678

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clearvision

Well I hope not. I've reduced the wine budget alot the past few years, but it will be a cold day in hell before I start buying Cold Duck.

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