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 […]
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 […]
Last Monday, The New York Times published an article with implications for anyone who likes to buy wine online. Titled “Wines Are No Longer Free to Travel Across State Lines,” the piece detailed the intricacies of interstate wine shipping. Its conclusion? Consumers from all but 14 states can no longer legally ship wine across state […]
Perhaps the most confusing part of looking at an Italian wine label — or any European wine label, for that matter — is the appellation system. Is DOC different from DOCG? Why do some bottles say DOC and some say DOP? What do they even stand for, anyway?