I know how overwhelming it can be to walk into the grocery store or wine shop and not have any clue what you're looking at! Especially with SO many wines out on the market. Here are some basic tips to start with to break down those intimating wine labels (especially European). As always, for 1:1 assistance in mastering this, I would love to do host a private wine tasting experience for you :)
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Let's break it down...
Look for the grape variety: The grape variety is the type of grape used to make the wine. This can be listed as a single variety (e.g. Cabernet Sauvignon) or as a blend (e.g. Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot).
Check the region of origin: The region where the wine was made is often listed on the label. This can give you an idea of the climate and terroir (unique combination of soil, climate, and other factors) that the grapes were grown in, which can affect the wine's flavor and aroma.
Look for the vintage: The vintage is the year that the grapes were harvested. Older vintages may be more expensive and are generally thought to be of higher quality, although this is not always the case.
Check for any designations: Some wine labels may include designations such as "Estate Bottled" or "Reserve," which can indicate the wine's quality or the winery's production methods.
Look for the alcohol content: The alcohol content of a wine is usually listed on the label and can range from around 10% to 15% or more. A higher alcohol content can indicate a fuller-bodied wine.
Check for any additional information: Some labels may include additional information such as the winemaking techniques used or the wine's aging potential.
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