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Dear Dr. Vinny,
What is the difference between "Claret" and "Meritage"?
—Mark M., Atlanta
"Claret" is an old English term for red Bordeaux, but these days it has more of a generic "red wine" connotation. "Meritage" (which rhymes with "heritage," by the way) is a trademarked name for registered American wines that are blended from Bordeaux grape varieties. Meritage wines can be either red or white.
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