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Dear Dr. Vinny,
What is the difference between a claret and Cabernet or, for that matter, Merlot? Is it that it is less dry? What other red wine does claret most closely resemble?
—Iva, Salt Lake City
Today the word "claret" is associated with the red wines of Bordeaux (which are based on Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot, usually), but it's really just a descriptive term for red-hued wine. British wine lovers embraced the term (as did some authors and poets), and eventually it became synonymous with wines made in the Bordeaux style.
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