17-Sep-09 12:53 | Eric Stafne

Unfortunately, the writers out there that write for wine magazines have perpetuated the word “varietal” as a reference to a particular grape.  The word varietal should only refer to a bottle of wine that is made up of one (or the majority) grape variety.  The vine itself is a variety of grape.  I don’t know why certain publications continue to state this incorrectly.  Of course they don’t capitalize proper names of varieties either, which I’ve never understood.