Wine Labels from France, Spain, Italy and the U.S.
Why do U.S. wine labels show the wine grape type on the label, but European wines frequently show the region on the wine bottle label? Have you had any good Bordeaux wines from the U.S.? I seriously doubt it. How about a Burgundy from California? Probably not…no way. Why not? There’s a couple of reasons but to avoid pissing off the lawyers, let’s get the legal one out of the way first. Continue reading
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Tagged Bordeaux wines, Burgundy Wines, Cabernet Sauvignon, Champagne, Chianti, Douro Valley, European Wine Labels, French Wines, Italian Wines, Merlot, Port, Portuguese Wines, Rhone Wines, Spanish Wines, U.S. Wine Labels
Grilled Hamburgers Just Waiting For A Bottle Of Zinfandel
It’s summer time and the trinity of summer Holidays, Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day cry out for BBQ and for us, that means BBQ paired with wine. Yeah…yeah…I know, summer time and BBQ means beer to most people but wine and BBQ pairings are great. Ah…but what type of wine to serve with your BBQ? We’re glad you asked (you did ask didn’t you?) It comes in so many different varieties that choosing a wine to pair with BBQ can be difficult, but we’ve taken the mystery out of it and humbly offer up these great BBQ and wine pairings. Continue reading
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Tagged Albarino, BBQ, BBQ Sauce, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Chicken, Fish, Gerwurtstraminer, Hamburger, Hot Dog, Melot, Mustard Based Sauce, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Sangiovese, Sausage, Sauvignon Blanc, Shellfish, Shiraz, Steak, Sweet BQQ Sauce, Syrah, Vinegar Based BBQ Sauces, Zinfandel
“Responsible” Wine Labels – Showing What Is Relevant
Why did we split “Reading Wine Labels” into two posts? Two reasons, one is practical – I hate writing novel length posts, and I suspect the audience likes reading them even less. The other has to do with content. Part 1 identifies virtually everything that is required to be on a wine label, or if present, needs to adhere to predefined guidelines. Part 2 of “Reading Wine Labels” gets a little fuzzier. Admittedly, there are a number of terms below that require some sort of regulatory approval or generally conform to generally accepted standards but the rest …well…we’ll get to those terms in a minute. The key to reading wine labels is knowing which terms are really relevant and which ones are fluff designed to entice and/or mislead. Continue reading
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Tagged Ancient Vine, Biodynamic, Cuvee, Old Vine, Organic, Reserve, SIP certified, sustainability, sustainable, Vegan Wine, Vegetarian Wine, Whole Cluster Fermentation, wine label
Just like people, wine bottle shapes vary greatly. They run the gamut from short and squatty to tall and elegant – from traditional to funky (depending upon how creative the winery’s marketing department was feeling that particular day). Usually, wine bottle shapes reflect the area from where the wine grape hails. For instance, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay usually have wine bottle shapes reminiscent of those found in Burgundy, the area where those grape originated. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec on the other hand usually come in wine bottle shapes similar to those of Bordeaux, the region of their origins. For the purpose of this blog, we’ve identified the six most common wine bottle shapes found in the US. Their origins go back to western Europe and US winemakers have generally stayed true to the wine bottle shapes used in Europe. Continue reading
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Tagged Alsace, Body, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Label, Mosel, Neck, Punt, Rhine, Rhone, Shoulder, Wine Bottle Color, Wine Bottle Shape
What happens to wine barrels when they have outlived their usefulness? Of course there is the ever-present wine barrel planters. Hell we have a bunch of them ourselves, but life goes on for a large number of wine barrels because they get repurposed for making other beverages, most often Whisky and Bourbon. Why the sudden interest in old barrels?
Inside The Dingle Distillery
- Wine Bottle Labels. How Many items Listed Below Can You Find?
How do you read a wine label? What are the real facts about the wine and what’s just marketing glitz? Is there any way to ensure that a wine is good from the label on the bottle? These are the most common questions asked by wine novices. If you don’t have access to the wine maker or at least a web site that describes the wine, the wine bottle label is probably the only thing left, so you need to know what’s important and what’s just a distraction. Continue reading