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How To Read A Wine Label And Buy A Perfect Wine

How To Read A Wine Label And Buy A Perfect Wine

Wine is Essentially fermented Grape Juice prepared in different ways. Varies in Taste, Smell and Color and all of this is dependent upon the Variety of Grapes, Soil, Weather, Place where grapes are Grown and more. A lot can be learned just by reading the label.

And if someone new buying a wine bottle these few steps can help them to buy a perfect wine.

1. Name/Producer

The name of the wine producer is displayed at the front of the most wine labels. A producer may be a family, a business, or an individual wine enthusiast.

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Name of the Wine is “Casillero Del Diablo”

Estate bottled wine tends to be better quality than wine made on a larger scale by a négociant. This is because the person growing the grapes is also makes the wine and most likely cares more about the quality of the output. Look for phrases like ‘Mis en Bouteille au Château’.

2. Country or Region

Also, most wine labels displays the Country of Origin or the Wine Region. It’s mentioned either at the top or the bottom of the label. This tells how the style of wine changes geographically.

3. Variety of Grape

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Variety of Grape: Nero D’Avola

The Varietal is mostly displayed at the Front and Of Course, depending on the grape this indicates the taste notes and depth of the wine. If the Variety is not mentioned on the label it may means that the producer used the blend of different variety of Grapes. If this is the case, look for the appellation. It gives the idea of which varities might have been used.

Appellation Mentioned

4. Vintage or Non-Vintage

Vintage Wines have years of Grape harvested mentioned on the label which also tells that how much the wine is Aged where as Non-Vintage Wines are usually ready to drink and are generally unlikely to improve with age.

5. Alcohol Level

Alcohol By Volume (ABV) is mentioned at the bottom in the front or back of the label. Legally, It’s doesn’t have to be more accurate than 0.5 percent.

Wines range from around 5% ABV all the way up to 25% in the case of some fortified wines. Red Wines have ABV around on average and White Wines a little lower.

6. Sulfites

By Rules and Regulations, producers must mention if the sulfites were used and if they are used more than 10mg/litre but it’s not necessary to mention exactly how much is used which can be a great issue for Sulfite Allergic people.

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Contains Sulfites is Displayed

Naturally all Wines contains a little “Sulphur Dioxide” which is produced during Fermentation. Sulfites are used to reduce Bacterial Infection and Oxidation.

7. Sweetness

Red Wines are mostly Dry because all sugar is turned into Alcohol leaving residual sugars which is too low for professional tasters to identify. This minimum detection level is around 4g/litre. Mostly, All white wines are also Dry except some which are Off-Dry or Sweeter.

This is a Brief Description which allows you to Quickly understand a Wine Bottle Label and help you to choose a better Wine for you.


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