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Wine Labels Are Little White Lies With Enormous Implications

Wine Labels Are Little White Lies With Enormous Implications

To enjoy buying and drinking wine means we have to willfully succumb to certain fictions. We pretend, for instance, that we know what the juice inside the bottle will taste like. We do so based on visual clues from the words and art we see on the label, or if we previously tasted another bottle […]

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Alphabet Soup: Decoding Appellation Acronyms from 10 Major Wine Countries

Alphabet Soup: Decoding Appellation Acronyms from 10 Major Wine Countries

Ever look at a few wine labels and find your eyes swimming in what looks like code? You’re not the only one. Among the myriad pieces of intel crunched onto each label (producer, grape variety) is the wine’s appellation, usually designated by a two-to-four-letter acronym. Written as abbreviations such as AVA, AOP, and DOC, appellations […]

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Your Wine Might Have More Alcohol Than the Bottle Says It Does

Your Wine Might Have More Alcohol Than the Bottle Says It Does

Wine labels, particularly those on U.S. bottles, are remarkably informative. They reliably list the grape varieties, region, and vintage, and some also include tasting notes and food pairing suggestions. One key wine label component, however, is oddly opaque. The alcohol-by-volume statement is shrouded in legal technicalities, permitting winemakers leeway up to 1.5% ABV. Wine law […]

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The Rose Wines With The Strangest Names

The Rose Wines With The Strangest Names

It’s rosé season. (OK, you know by now.) That means bottles upon bottles of anything from faint peach to Hello-Kitty-pink wine are currently cluttering store shelves, bar menus, even your own refrigerator—all tempting you to go buy something seersucker and usher your drinking habits well into the daylight hours.

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26 Honest Rosé Wine Bottles

26 Honest Rosé Wine Bottles

If the 93 degree reading on my car thermostat tells me anything, it’s that winter is over and it’s rosé season. A few months ago, we analyzed what some wine bottles would say to us if they could talk back. Well, hibernation is over, and some bottles of rosé-gold have awoken from their slumber to […]

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The First Wine Label Was Invented In Egypt

The First Wine Label Was Invented In Egypt

While we may still need to decode a wine label in order to understand all of the vital information it’s imparting, we have to admit that the label is a very convenient invention. It’s quite hard to imagine what we’d do if we were uninformed about the wine inside the bottle. Without the label, there’d be no way […]

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23 Conversation Wine Bottles You Need For Valentine’s Day

23 Conversation Wine Bottles You Need For Valentine’s Day

There’s no better way to say ”I love you” than having the words actually written out on candy. But while those little conversation hearts may have been ”all the rage” in elementary school, we’re adults now, and no adult should subject themselves to eating chalk disguised as candy. Enter stage right, “Conversation Wine.” Say the […]

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7 Truthful Wine Bottles

7 Truthful Wine Bottles

Tasting notes, stories of romance, even some humor can be found on your favorite bottle of vino. However, the more we read these labels, the more we realize how ridiculous they actually are. How many descriptive adjectives can you really use before your product shifts from a bottle of wine to an erotic novel? Luscious, […]

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