What is the difference between a variety and a varietal?
A. A variety is a grape that occurred spontaneously in Nature; a varietal is a grape that was intentionally created by scientists or researchers
B. A variety is a grape; a varietal is a wine
C. A variety belongs to the European species vinifera; a varietal belongs to any one of several north American species
D. There is no difference; the words are interchangeable
Variety refers to a grape. A vineyard, for example, might be planted with the variety cabernet sauvignon. A varietal refers to the wine made from a given variety. So, in a wine shop, you can buy a bottle of the varietal cabernet sauvignon which is made from the variety cabernet sauvignon.