Back when big ol' Henry II married Eleanor of Aquitaine, part of her dowry included her vineyards in Bordeaux. The red wines that came from there were referred to by the English as claret (taken from the French word clairet, a lighter style of red Bordeaux). To this day, red wines from Bordeaux are still known as claret in Britain. The term was also once used to market generic red wines made in California but has since been replaced with less codified labels such as "Red Burgundy."