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If you were the winemaker, how much cabernet sauvignon would you put into a blend with other wines — merlot, cabernet franc, and malbec — at your fingertips? As a gift soon after I arrived in the valley, my husband registered me for the Magnificat: Art of Blending seminar and I’ve never forgotten it. A winery educator takes you through the characteristics of each available grape variety, and then you have it; creating your own personal blend.
Here are some tasty wines to try this week, including a delightful white blend from Long Island, N.Y., and a remarkable, cheap wine from Germany. For reds, a delicious Oregon pinot noir, a savory old-fashioned California red blend and a wine from an obscure Spanish grape variety will make you eager to fire up the grill for late-summer cookouts.