By Nick Morrison
Samantha Bailey, introduced by Duncan McLean of The Longship, described how and why some wines are blended.
It was news to me that in fact most wines are actually blends.
Most of us know Bordeaux is a blend of up to 4 grape types under appellation contrôlée small amounts of a different grape type can be added.
Vintners use this to achieve consistency of character between early and later bottling.
Rose de Provence is a case in point. It is a blend of Grenache and Cinsault grapes.
We were provided with a bottle of Grenache and of Cinsault And invited to make blends , and then rate them.
Duncan said there were a few places left for the Lux lunch at the Lynnfield on this Sunday.