Red Bordeaux wine is a well-known and prized blend from the French Bordeaux region. The definition of a Bordeaux style red blend wine set forth is a wine that has some or all of the five allowed red grape varieties as permitted in Bordeaux, France: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec.
Bordeaux blends combine well with the robust taste of roast beef, game or a strong cheese such as Roquefort.
There is also a Rhone style blend originated from the Rhône valley in France, the most famous blend is a red combination of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre grapes. This blend can vary in flavour, Common notes include chocolate, spice and plum. It is robust without being overpowering and can be paired with vegetables, chicken, salmon or pork.
Blending wines is a time-honoured winemaking technique that has been used for hundreds of years. Most people don’t even realize that some of the most well-known wines are actually blends. Wine blends enjoy wide popularity due to their versatility and abundance of flavour.