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A Guide on How to Read Wine Labels

Jul 21, 2008
Since wine labels have to set standard they have to follow, sometimes the information that is on them depends on factors as subjective as the personal preference of the family or company making the wine. But usually information such as vineyard the wine is from, the year it was made in, the wine type, and percentage of alcohol are included on the label. Even though the labels may not actually say very much, since what is written contains a lot of meaning it can still be hard to interpret them.

A few wine labels change every year to reflect the vintage of production. Some vineyards take great care in producing a new label for every season others simply change the number of the year to maintain consistency from year to year. Long established wines tend to stay with the same label for many years. Also most labels will tell you the country of the wine, the variety of the grape as well as the region the grapes were grown but no standards specifically exist for labeling.

Although other countries may have different warnings or information requirements based on their general laws, there are no international or industry standards outside the standard warnings, alcohol content and the Surgeon General warnings required if you are looking at US wine.

The first thing to look for is the year. You can usually tell a good vintage or year based on price and the location you are purchasing the wine. There may also be differences in the labels. The next thing to look at is alcohol content because this also changes based on the type of wine that you are purchasing or looking at. The label will also tell you the name of the vineyard and often times how long they have been producing wine.

Due to the large number of wine producing regions in France, it is usually hard to find specific information concerning each vineyard's business and wines. In order for the consumer to more easily identify special features of the wine and possible awards won, each vineyard uses personalized wine labels.

Before modern technologies allowed changes labels easily and relatively inexpensively most winemakers only changed the year from season to season on the label. At a quick glance the consumer could easily determine the winery, the variety, and the style of the wine however that is no longer the case. No standardization exists for the content of labels making identification even more difficult. The artwork used on wine labels is unique and can offer an insight into the character of the winemaker.
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