Many of us enjoy drinking wine, but only a few know that learning how to read the wine labels is very important. There are many wine cellar owners who evaluate the wine by reading the wine label before adding it to their wine collection.
They sometimes arrange or display their favorite vintages in a wine rack according to the information on the wine labels. They want to make sure that choosing wine for any occasion with family and friends is easy. Let us find out what basic information we can find on the label of a wine bottle and why it is important to learn how to read them.
By reading the information on the wine label, you will be able to learn a lot of details about the wine. There are certain laws in every wine-producing country on what must and must not be included on the wine labels. Labeling regulations are intended to provide a warning to drinkers and to prevent the use of incorrect information in the wine label.
These laws are usually based on where the wine is marketed, rather than where it is produced. Once the label has been designed, it must be approved by various government agencies that control wine production, importation and sale.
There are basically two labels affixed to a wine bottle, the front label and the back label. The front label is where you can find attractive graphics, lettering and logos which are used to attract buyers. Information typically found on the front label includes the name of the wine, wine designation (what’s in the bottle), the region in which the wine’s grapes were grown, the producer (including their name and address), vintage and vintage year, alcohol strength, volume and variety.
Make sure that you also check the back label because other important information about the wine can be found in it. It usually contains government required warnings as well as Universal Product Codes (UPC). These warnings may include a notation that sulfites were used in the fermentation process to help prevent bacteria growth, minimize the effects of oxidation and improve the wine’s color. This is because sulfites can cause allergic reactions in some people.
Most wine labels include warnings about the effects on pregnant women of drinking alcoholic beverages or its effects on people’s ability to drive a car or operate machinery. These health warnings must always be present in wine labels and must be printed in such a way that it can be seen easily by the naked eye. Wine producers may also include optional information such as flavor or aroma descriptions and food pairing suggestions.
There are two classifications of wine labels: New World and Old World. New World wine labels offer consumers a few important pieces of information such as grape varietal, the producer, the alcohol content, where the grapes were grown and the vintage year. The Old World wine labels do not normally indicate the grape varieties from which the wine is made and use terms understandable only by people of its origin.
In order for us to choose a wine that will suit our preferences, we have to understand how to read wine labels. This will allow you to choose wines in your wine cellar easily, for you and your guests to enjoy together.
Wine labels make packaging attractive and interesting to buyers, as well as provide consumers with very important product information.