Dear Country Girl, I have several blends ageing now as well as several to be blended in Sept. and plans underway for blends for next year.
Your traditional blends can be Cabernet Sauvignon with a Merlot
Sauvignon Blanc with Semillion
Riesling and Gewurztraminer
Take a Pinot Blanc or Chenin Blanc with a Riesling or Gewurztraminer
Syrah and Pinot Noir
Syrah and a Zinfandel
Blend a Syrah with a Cab. Sauv. to create a Shiraz Cabernet
Blend these 3 Cab. Sauv, Cab. Franc. and Merlot you will create a Bordeaux
Some basic fun blends are buying from grocery store 1/2 gallon of pure juice Peach Mango, add it's entire contents to a 3 gallon carboy and fill with a riesling. No other sweetening necessary just add sorbate. Do the same with a cherry with a red greatly adds flavor to a wine. More so if you simmer the water out before blending.
Remember you can't mix a great wine with a bad wine to get 2 good wines but you will get 2 medeocre wines.
Test with small amounts before commiting to see if you like it.
A red bordeaux is a blend of 2 or more of the "Fab 5", Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petite Verdot and Malbec.
Cab. Sauv. and Merlot play a major role in a bordeaux. The others help support in adding color, body and structure in a bordeaux. They aren't equal amounts in the blend. They may be 60%, 30% and 10%. There are many variations, personal preference.
A white bordeaux could be Semillion,Sauv. Blanc and bits of Muscadelle.
This fall I will have several of these and more in the making. It's hard to wait two years to realize a true potential.
well, you can tell i haven't looked at my magazine very well, lol! thanks, glad it's in the one i have. just showed my dad my kit and fermenting blueberry. it must run in the blood. he made homemade beer in the early 80's...i didn't even remember him doing that in the basement until he reminded me, lol