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How to Read a Wine Label

How to Read a Wine Label

Wine labels aren't always easy to understand if you're trying to get outside of your comfort zone and reach for a different bottle on the supermarket shelf, with European examples being the most confusing! So, here's how to easily read a wine label using my favourite bottle of Rosé Mirabeau Pure.

 

@partnerinwineuk How to read a wine label 🍷🙌 Wine labels aren't always easy to understand, with European examples being the most confusing! All wine bottles will typically tell you the following: 👉Who made the wine - this is usually a winery - 'Mirabeau' 👉Where the grapes are from - 'Côtes de Provence' on the back 👉When the grapes were picked - aka the vintage - '2021?' on the back 👉How much alcohol is in it - 12.5% on the back (side note - this isn't just telling you how drunk you could get, it can give you an idea of what style of wine you'll be sipping! With lower alcohol wines 8-11% often having some level of sweetness and higher alcohol wines 14-15% indicating a big, bold, fuller bodied wine.) 👉Sometimes the wine might have been given a name (because wineries tend to make more than one wine) e.g. 'Pure' 👉If you're lucky, it will also say the grape variety. But there is a big difference between old world (think europe) and new world (think not europe) labelling with countries like Australia and the US putting the grape on for you, while France and Italy won't. 👉Why? Because the environment in which a grape grows has a huge influence on the final wine - so in old world countries, that's what they want to put on the label. Follow for more wine tips! #partnerinwine #wineeducation #winetips #learnaboutwine #winetasting ♬ Good Vibes (Instrumental) - Ellen Once Again


All wine bottles will typically tell you the following:

👉Who made the wine - this is usually a winery - 'Mirabeau'
👉Where the grapes are from - 'Côtes de Provence' on the back
👉When the grapes were picked - aka the vintage - '2021?' on the back
👉How much alcohol is in it - 12.5% on the back (side note - this isn't just telling you how drunk you could get, it can give you an idea of what style of wine you'll be sipping! With lower alcohol wines 8-11% often having some level of sweetness and higher alcohol wines 14-15% indicating a big, bold, fuller bodied wine.)

👉Sometimes the wine might have been given a name (because wineries tend to make more than one wine) e.g. 'Pure'

👉If you're lucky, it will also say the grape variety. But there is a big difference between old world (think europe) and new world (think not europe) labelling with countries like Australia and the US putting the grape on for you, while France and Italy won't.

👉Why? Because the environment in which a grape grows has a huge influence on the final wine - so in old world countries, that's what they want to put on the label.

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