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The process of combining different wines with the goal of creating a composite that's better than any of the wines separately. The wines used for blending might be from different varieties (for instance, CABERNET SAUVIGNON, MERLOT, and CABERNET FRANC), different regions (such as NAPA VALLEY and PASO ROBLES), varying types of COOPERAGE (some new barrels, some older barrels, barrels from different forests or coopers, etc.), and even different VINTAGES (as in non-vintage CHAMPAGNE created by combining wines from different years).

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Material adapted from the The New Food Lover's Companion

© Copyright Barron's Educational Services, Inc. 1995 based on
THE FOOD LOVER'S COMPANION, 2nd edition, by Sharon Tyler Herbst.

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