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Dear Dr. Vinny,

Is there still a group of winemakers or wineries that consider themselves part of the "Meritage" movement that I remember from several years ago? Has the idea faded or is there still a core of producers?

—Dennis M., Wappingers Falls, N.Y.

Dear Dennis,

The Meritage Association is going strong, according to spokesperson Jane Hodges Young. For a wine to call itself a Meritage, it has to be blended entirely from traditional Bordeaux varieties, red or white, with no more than 90 percent of a single grape. The Association was founded in 1988, and today its membership is nearly 200, up by more than 30 percent in the last two years. Currently, there are Meritage producers in 18 U.S. states and five foreign countries—Canada, Mexico, Israel, Australia and Argentina.

By the way, "Meritage" rhymes with "heritage," and don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

—Dr. Vinny


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