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Peel the wine details off the label

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

It often happens that you enjoy a wine with friends and a few days later you wish you had noticed its name. Because you would like to buy it but you did not pay attention to the label at the party.

Here is a general solution: don’t bother. You’ll taste other wines.

Label peeling

A winery has decided to take advantage of this recall impulse. Oxford Landing ships its South Australian Shiraz wine with a tear-off tab with all the useful information. When at the party you can peel the tab off the back label: the winery has very much increased its chance of you buying another bottle.

I heard about this idea from Ben Terrett. Here is the original post.

Wine label information

Monday, October 29th, 2007

Most labels have the following information:

label of The Olive Cottage, Galveston
1. Name of winery

2. Appellation - Name
of the wine growing region.

3. Name of the vineyard(s)

4. Varietal name – If there is no varietal name, the wine is probably a blend (cuvee).
To be able to call a US wine by the vine grape variety, it must contain at least 75% of wine from that grape. Traditional wines from France, Italy, and Spain, use the place of origin instead of
the varieties.

5. Vintage – The year the grapes were grown. If there is no vintage, it is probably a mixture of wines made in different years.

Labeling laws and requirements will vary between countries.

Some labels have other technical data such as percentage of varietals if it is a blend, residual sugar, percentage alcohol, etc.

“Vieilles vignes”, “Vintner’s Reserve,” “Estate Reserve” or “Select”, etc. – Terms like these have no set (or legal) meaning, although within certain wineries these terms may have specific meaning.

Wine making information

  • In the USA, “Cellared and Bottled By” means that the winery bought the wine and bottled it.
  • “Made and Bottled By” means that the winery made at least 10% of the wine.
  • “Produced and Bottled By” means that the winery made at least 75% of the wine.
  • “Estate Bottled” means that the winery not only made 100% of the wine but also grew the grapes on land owned by the winery.
  • Contains sulfites.