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In California, wine cannot be bottled under the name of the varietal unless it makes up at least 75 per cent of the wine.

Don't judge a wine by the grape on its label

Feb 9, 2018 5:50 AM

New York

THE word "varietal" is among the most misused in wine.

Many people think of it as a synonym for "grape", as in: "What varietals are in that wine?"

Not to be pedantic, but that is wrong. Varietal is not a noun, it is an adjective. One may properly refer to a "

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