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Hello and happy Tuesday to you!

I certainly hope you had a nice holiday weekend and took some time to reflect on all that is good in the world. When the sun comes out, my mood instantly lifts and my heart smiles a bit bigger. I do so love the springtime and watching spring flowers come into bloom when I walk through my neighbourhood.

In our latest episode of Crush On This, Cindy, Allison and I dive into the interesting world of unusual wine blends.

What is a wine blend? As it sounds, it is when different wine grapes are mixed together. It can be a 50-50 blend of two grapes or there can be multiple grapes each with varying percentages. Some regions in the world are known for single varietal wines, such as Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in Burgundy, Nebbiolo in Barolo and Tempranillo in Ribera del Duero.

In other regions, such as in Bordeaux, Rioja, Champagne, Chianti and Southern Rhone, they are known for some of the best wine blends. The art of blending wine is something that many winemakers do. And sometimes we find unusual wine blends. While Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are a familiar blend, have you ever had Merlot blending with Lemberger? Grenache and Syrah are commonly blended together but add Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Negrette, Tempranillo and more and that is a very unique wine blend. Or there are field blends in which different grape varieties are interplanted in the vineyard.

I invite you to watch the unusual wine blend video and learn what inspired Carter Wine Company winemaker, Valerie Tremblay, to play with grape blends.

I hope you have a great week and thanks again for the comments!