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 […]
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 […]
This article and the Design Behind the Vine series are brought to you by Prophecy Wines. More than two millennia ago, perhaps amid the dusty pyramids and fixed-stare sphinxes of ancient Egypt, something exceedingly familiar to present-day oenophiles was born: the modern wine label.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
If your main criterion for wine is, “does it have a cool label?” you’re not alone. In one survey, 2,000 wine drinkers were asked to select one bottle of wine from a set of three reds and one bottle from a set of three whites. A whopping 82 percent of them said they made their […]
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.