How to Read a Wine Label
You know what they say: When in doubt, read the instructions. Well, we say, “When in doubt, read the wine label.” Wine labels have a wealth of information that can help you determine which is the best wine for your palette or your menu selection.
Alcohol content. More is more when it comes to alcohol content, right? Not so with wines. The best wines have alcohol contents around 14% or less. Anything more can create unbalanced flavors.
Variety. If it’s a Chardonnay, you know it was made from Chardonnay grapes. Same goes for a Cabernet. However, many wines are blend. The labels tell you what grape varietals were used.
Location. It should tell you where it was made. This is especially important if buying local wines is important to you.
The back. If you are more interested in small, boutique wines, rather than those made by large distributors, read the back labels. Many wines are actually branded by the “Big Guys”. The back label will have more detailed production info.
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