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‘Old-Vine’ Zinfandel Is Lying to You

‘Old-Vine’ Zinfandel Is Lying to You

Like Disneyland, Silicon Valley, and traffic on the 405, old-vine Zinfandel is a California institution. For fans of the big and bold wine, those three words not only represent an easy-drinking style of wine, they also celebrate an important part of American winemaking heritage. It might be surprising, then, to learn that labeling a Zinfandel […]

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Design Behind the Vine: This Winery’s Labels Are Turning Terroir Into Art

Design Behind the Vine: This Winery’s Labels Are Turning Terroir Into Art

This article and the Design Behind the Vine series is brought to you by Columbia Winery. The natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest is iconic within the continental United States. Stunning vistas, awe-inspiring mountain ranges, and arid deserts span the state of Washington, from the snow-capped peak of Mt. Rainier to the wild and rugged Olympic […]

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Design Behind the Vine: How One Winery Is Making Wine Labels Personal

Design Behind the Vine: How One Winery Is Making Wine Labels Personal

This article and the Design Behind the Vine series is brought to you by Chateau Souverain. For the many lifetimes spent contemplating the lush liquid that goes inside the glass, remarkably little consideration has been paid to what’s happening directly outside of a wine bottle. It might seem trivial to a committed connoisseur, but the […]

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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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