Blending is one of the finer points of winemaking and there are many reasons winemakers may choose to blend --or to not blend-- their wines.
Because grapes from different vineyards, stages of the harvest and pressings are frequently vinified separately, the small lots of wine contained in each vat or barrel differ slightly.
To achieve consistency, winemakers may choose to combine all the separate lots of the same grape variety into one big blend, or they may carefully select the lots to be blended.
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