Understanding a Wine Label

Sip a little smarter with these tips for Understanding a Wine Label from The Winston-Salem Monthly.

photoHave you ever looked at a wine label? We mean, really looked at a wine label? If so, you’ve probably noticed a lot of facts and figures on there. Different countries have different requirements for what’s stated on a label, and some of it can get a little tricky. The following breaks down the vital information on a label so you can sip a little smarter.

Varietal. In the U.S., varietal wines must be made from 75 percent of the grape variety named on the label. If a wine is a blend, they must be listed in descending order of their contribution. So if there’s more Cabernet Sauvignon than Merlot in a blend, it must be called “Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot,” not the other way around.

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