Wine: The Big Picture

Reading Wine Labels

If only those stickers on wine bottles could tell us what the wine will taste like, we’d all have it easy! Instead, wine labels tell us about where the wine was made, by whom and sometimes more. Getting a handle on wine labels will make any wine drinker feel more confident. Coming soon:

  • Varietal Labels vs. Regional Labels (Word doc) – Most wines are labeled in one of two ways – either oriented around the wine’s grape variety or around its region of origin.
  • European Wine Labeling Law (Word doc) – For Americans, the hardest labels to understand are those from countries like France and Italy. Learn how and why these labels got so complicated.