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A beginner's course in blending: Le Vigne winemaker to host seminar

Posted: Friday, Jan 13th, 2017

Some of the world’s most famous wines are blends of different grapes. While it can often be difficult to discern the different grapes in a well-made blend, each brings something to the mix.

Blends are exactly what their name suggests, said Michael Barreto, the renowned winemaker at Le Vigne Winery. Blended wines take multiple parts and put them together with the ultimate goal of creating a more complex and harmonious wine.

Used to maximize expression, blending enhances aromas, body, color, texture and finish, making it ultimately more well-rounded. Although some grapes simply aren’t used for blending, there are some exceptions.

As the fastest growing wine region along the Central Coast, Paso Robles is home to an eclectic selection of wines, including countless red wine blends. While the timeline for mixing these wines varies, the approach is often dependent on the individual winemaker.

On Sunday, Jan. 15, local wine enthusiasts are invited to attend the Le Vigne Winery Blending Seminar, hosted by Barreto.

Barreto, who has been working at Le Vigne Winery since 2003, will highlight the production of high-end, quality wines and help beginner palates take those same wines to the next level.

Located at 5115 Buena Vista Drive, this 11 a.m. class will be a fun way to interact with customers and give them a glimpse of how some of the winemaking process works, said Barreto. The session will include lunch as well as the personalized red wine blend.

For any questions, contact Michael Barreto at m.barreto@levignewinery.com.

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