Cape Cod Pinot Grigio -
How to Read a Wine Label
Cape Cod Pinot Grigio
Here is a typical American label. For these labels, the key things are usually the
name of the winery and the wine type. Often the wine type - "Chardonnay" or
"Zinfandel" or so on - is the largest thing on the label, because this is the
most important thing to many consumers. More and more winery names are becoming known,
so this is slowly becoming a more key feature on US labels.
The year and state are also included, and region if appropriate, but only a few
regions in the US have become well known. The Napa Valley in California would
be one of these. You can generally not judge what a wine is made of or how it was
made by the region, though, and those are usually described in more detail on the back
of the bottle.
Labels in the US also have the "contains sulfites" entry, unless they were made with
low sulfites - see the Sulfite Page for more details
on this. They also have a standard warning about drinking and operating machinery.
They show the percent alcohol and the volume of liquid. In general, American labels
tend to present far more "factual" information than other countries' labels.
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