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The Difference Between Claret and Meritage

on 03/02/14 at 12:06 pm


indexIf you’re a California red wine drinker, you may be familiar with the words “claret” and “meritage.” One or the other will sometimes appear on the labels of proprietary blends. So, what’s the difference? The answer is simple and probably a bit disappointing: Not too much.

“Claret” is an old English term that denotes wine made in the Bordeaux region of France. In the United States and elsewhere, the word has also been adapted for wines that are made in that style. Almost certainly, wine labeled as claret will have percentages of cabernet sauvignon and/or merlot blended with other traditional Bordeaux grapes, but there are no laws or regulations preventing otherwise.