Wine Label Reading Tips

Wine labels usually contains information about the vineyard, the year of vintage, the type of wine, alcoholic content and any warnings. With the vast amount of information concentrated in a few sentences, no standard for writing these labels, vineyards may their labels based on their preferences, making the wine labels surprising difficult to read.

Wine labels that see changes every year such as these are similar to personalized wine labels. There are companies who will personalize wine labels such as for weddings or other commemorative events. You may look at a wine label and say that it seems easy. However, you can actually use a wine label to tell quite a bit about the vineyard. Usually the older the label the more traditional they are going to be when it comes to the lettering, the pictures used on the label, even the size and how the label is designed. The label can tell you just by how it is designed whether it is a European wine or one made in the United States or anywhere else, that wine is produced.

Other than the alcohol and Surgeon General warnings, there are no standard warnings on US wines. Other countries will have their own warning systems based on the laws of that country.

The primary thing to watch for is the year. One can often tell a good vintage or year going by price and location where you are buying the wine. There might also be differences in labels. The next factor to consider is alcohol content, since this also varies based on the variety of wine you are buying or considering. The label also reveals the vineyard's name and usually how long they've been producing wine.

Difficulties are commonly encountered when finding out the type of wine and the vineyard, since awards may be given to a particular area for wine production; personalized wine labels may carry awards that family has for one of the many vineyards, rather than that particular vineyard.

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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