A term describing wines made chiefly from one variety of grape. Such wines portray the dominant characteristics of the primary grape used. Among the more popular varietal wines are cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, chenin blanc, gewürztraminer, petite sirah, pinot noir, sauvignon blanc and zinfandel.
From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.