Skip to main content

The Art of Reading Wine Labels

Your mission is to buy a bottle of Chardonnay, say. Confident, go to the store - "everything is under control", you tell yourself. That is, until I reach the wine district and you see yourself surrounded by dozens of wine labels, one more colorful than the other. You can find Romanian wines that say Chardonnay, but you would like a French one. But the French one doesn't have any grapes ?! Well, here comes the art of reading wine labels

In general, there will be three types of labels: those depending on the region of origin, those depending on the variety of grapes and those with unique names, without a precise geographical name. Let's look at each one:

1. Labels based on the region of origin

These are specific to the old world - France, Spain, Italy. In these cases, you will often not find the grape variety displayed on the label, but only the region it comes from. For example, if we were to return to our imaginary mission at the beginning of the article, the Chablis region of France produces only white wines, from the Chardonnay variety. Thus, these bottles will not have the grapes on the labels, but only the region of origin. If you come across a bottle of wine that comes from a region you don't know, 

I advise you to look for the region on the small mobile encyclopedia you have in your pocket (I mean, of course, your mobile phone - I hope no one wears it in your pocket an atlas of wines!). As a little help, I thought of making a short list of famous grape region-pairs in Europe: Chablis - Chardonnay, Pouilly-Fuisse - Chardonnay, Condrieu - Viogner, Beaujolais - Gamay, Sancerre - Sauvignon Blanc, Pouilly-Fume - Sauvignon Blanc, Barolo - Nebbiolo, Brunello di Montalcino - Sangiovese, Riax Baiax - Albarino. I have intentionally chosen not to include regions that have famous blends in the list because I intend to dedicate an entire article to this topic.

2. Labels based on grape variety

Here things are a bit tricky - although on a bottle of wine labels you could write a certain variety of grapes, this does not mean that the wine was made 100% of that variety. Depending on the legislation of the country of origin, certain producers are allowed to add a small percentage from another variety. For example, a Malbec from Argentina can be up to 20% non-Malbec. Despite this fact, the variety on the label will be the predominant one, the secondary variety often having the role of balancing the wine, without adding strong aromas.

3. Unpublished labels

In recent years, producers in some parts of the world have begun experimenting with their wines. This is because, especially in the case of the ancient world, the laws on wine production are very strict, and some oenologists consider them restrictive. Thus, they reset the tradition to create new and interesting wines that mix all kinds of grape varieties, some more interesting. However, the problem is that this violation of the rules means that their wine cannot receive titles of controlled origin (DOC, DOCG and other equivalents). This is also the situation in the case of Supertuscan wine - extraordinary wines, made from blends of local grapes with international varieties, which, however, have a typical geographical indication. For example, the simple, colorful label of Bibi Graetz wine, Colore, which shows "Tuscany Typical Geographical Indication". 

If you saw this bottle on the shelf, with the vintage from 2011, you would think that it is probably a dozen wines, because nothing seems extraordinary at first sight. But, when you notice that this wine costs around € 400, you might change your mind… Unfortunately, there is no clear formula by which we can figure out which of these wines are the really good ones and which are only a dozen wines. So, probably the safest way is to take the price. there is no clear formula by which we can figure out which of these wines are the really good ones and which are only a dozen wine labels. So, probably the safest way is to take the price. there is no clear formula by which we can figure out which of these wines are the really good ones and which are only a dozen wines. So, probably the safest way is to take the price.

In conclusion, as with any other element of wine, there are no shortcuts - you can learn about various regions just by being proactive. If you find a wine from a region you've never heard of, look for it. In general, I like to look for reviews of wine labels that I find interesting, but that are at a suspiciously low price, and I encourage anyone to do the same. Instead, I advise you not to take a wine that doesn't say the price just because it seems cheap - you may find yourself in a situation where you have to leave your wallet at home. Let only the beauty of the label, not the price, bring you to tears of emotion

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Best ways to get rid of moulds in your apartment

Cleaning mould from our home can seem like a daunting task. Just the term "black mould" is already a bit scary. However, it is a job that cannot be avoided, moreover, if mould is not cleaned from any surface, it can worsen and affect your entire apartment, causing additional expenses and especially affecting your health and that of your family. To avoid all this problem, Vital Building Inspection will give you some tips to clean mould from your apartment by yourself. 1. Determine what it is Some people believe that the musty smell under the sink may be black mould, which is mould that forms in one place for a long time. However, it might just be mould. The difference between the two is that mould is a living spore, while black mould can be toxic. For example, mildew (a fungus that grows on plants or organic matter) is often thought to be mould, but it can be easily removed with bleach or another surface cleaner. Not all black moulds are dangerous, however it is neces

Sports physiotherapy to improve your performance

  Physiotherapy and sport have always gone hand in hand. Although a sedentary life and poor posture do not help, this type of discipline, very regularly, is aimed at recovering and preventing injuries caused during the practice of some physical exercise. We can say that sports physiotherapy is a complement to our usual training to achieve the goals that we set ourselves as athletes. The techniques used will be the same whether in elite athletes or amateurs, and their main objective is to shorten the recovery time after injury. What is sports physiotherapy? Sports physiotherapy focuses on the prevention of injuries caused during physical activity, as well as on healing and regenerating damaged areas in the locomotor system of athletes. It is much more than applying the anti-pull spray that we see during football matches since it is about knowing when to act and how to alleviate the injury not only after it occurs but also to prevent it from reoccurring in the future. There are

7 things to check on your motorcycle before starting a trip

Before embarking on a trip with our motorcycle, it is essential that the lights, brakes, chain, tires, fluids and battery are in perfect condition, as well as the documentation of the motorcycle itself. If we want to go on a motorcycle trip we need it to be in perfect shape to avoid possible mechanical problems, guarantee our safety and not frustrate our desire for vacation. We all have the responsibility to take care of the proper maintenance of our motorcycle, and not only when a trip approaches, but above all in our day to day life. Some tasks we can do ourselves at home and for others it is possible that we may need the help of a professional workshop like Singleton Bike shop , that will depend on the means and the ability of each one, but what is clear is that taking care of the way out of our motorcycle is taking care of our own safety. We focus here on seven elements that you have to check on your motorcycle before starting a trip with it, a small check that should always