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How to Read a Wine Label

Step one to getting a good bottle of wine is to understand the verbiage on the bottle. Get the most out of your wine tasting with these tips.

Within the last few years, the number of marketing terms associated with a bottle of wine is apparently increasing. These days, you have a wide variety of options. A $3 generic box of wine is one thing, but if you're shelling out hundreds of dollars on one bottle it's important to know what exactly you are buying. 

Wine label interpretation

There are a few basic pieces of information you will find on just about any wine label. The grape producer, vintage year, region and alcohol content will all be put on the label for some wines purchased within the United States. The word “varietal” is used on wine. The grape used to produce the wine is listed here. The year the wine was made is listed on vintage year. There is an easy translation for all the information even if it isn’t listed on the label.

Organic wine facts

“Organic” is a word you will see on the label of just about each and every type of wine. You will find red and white wines as the most common found. These same wines are also probably the most common organic wines around. A bottle with “organic” on it means there were no chemicals used in growing it. “Certified organic” means somebody has double-checked the organic status of the growing procedures. Some bottles will say “USDA certified organic.” This simply means the federal standards were followed.

Natural wine what numerous want

Wine that doesn’t have any chemicals in it is called “natural wine.” Most natural wines allow natural yeasts. They're the ones that float in the air though. Natural wines will often times go wrong. That means only the wines from the same batch will be good if you are able to find a good natural wine.

Sulfites in fine wines

On some wines, you will discover marketing terms. There isn’t any sulfite acid in a wine that says “no sulfites.” Some labels say “no added sulfites” on them. That means that throughout the process, there weren’t any sulfites added to the mixture. There are a few wines with a lot of sulfites in them. These include white wine, sweet dessert wine and ice wine.It is important to discover a wine you love to get good fine wines. It is very important enjoy wine. Find one you like and stick with it when it comes to fine wine experiences.


Source: I read this here: Breaking down the basics of wine labels

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