The wine label is the wine's ID card, which contains important information about the bottle and is an important basis for wine selection. There are two types of wine labels that can usually be seen, one is the wine label of the country of origin winery (which is commonly referred to as the positive label), and the other is the importer or the country of origin winery by importer and The Chinese wine label (back label) attached to the government's regulations.
How to read the label of wine
There are two types of labels that can usually be seen on a bottle. One is the wine label of the country of origin (which is commonly referred to as the positive label), and the other is the importer or the country of origin. Chinese wine label (back label) attached to the importer and government regulations. The common contents of the wine label are as follows: (1) grape variety; (2) wine name; (3) harvest year; (4) grade; (5) producing area; (6) bottler; (7) wine Name of the factory; (8) name of the country of production; (9) net content; (10) alcohol concentration.
1, grape varieties
Not all wine bottles are labeled with grape varieties. Producing countries such as Australia and the United States stipulate that a bottle of wine contains more than 75% of a certain type of wine in order to mark the name of the variety on the bottle. Traditional European grape-producing regions have different regulations. For example, if there is a grape variety name on the label, it means that at least 85% of the wine is made from the grape. The name of the label is often seen on the label of the New World.
2, wine name
The name of the wine will usually be the name of the winery, or it may be the specific name of the owner, or even the name of the production area.
3. Harvest year
The year indicated on the bottle is the harvest year of the grape. The traditional European production areas, especially in the northern grape growing areas, are not as stable as the new world producing areas such as Australia and the United States, so the quality varies greatly from year to year. The year is also an important reference factor when buying wine. This shows the age of the wine. If the year is not indicated, it means that the wine is mixed with grapes of different years, except for a few (such as sparkling wine, plus wine, etc.), which are not good quality wines.
Wine producing countries usually have strict quality control. Different countries have different methods of wine classification. Usually, the products of the old world can be seen by the wine label. However, the New World has not been marked because it does not have a classification system.
5, the production area
In the case of traditional wine producing areas, the name of the producing area on the label is an important piece of information. Knowing that it is a wine in a certain area, you will know the characteristics and taste of the wine. The name of some wine producing areas is almost equal to the name of the bottle.
6, the bottler
The bottler is not necessarily the same as the brewer. The wines that the brewery self-bottoms will be labeled "Original Winery Bottling". Generally speaking, it will be more precious than the wine bottled by the wine merchant.
7, the name of the winery
Famous wineries are often the guarantee of quality. In the case of Burgundy, the same vineyard may be owned by many producers or wine merchants. Therefore, if you only look at the production area during the purchase, it is sometimes difficult to distinguish between good and bad. At this time, the reputation of the winery is a Important reference indicators. New World products are generally the same company for producers and bottlers.
8, the name of the country of wine production
The producer of the bottle of wine.
9, net content
With a typical capacity of 750ml, there are also 375ml, 250ml and 185ml wines designed for smaller drinkers and 1500ml, 3000ml and 6000ml capacities for multi-person drinking and banquets.
10, alcohol concentration
The alcohol concentration is usually expressed in (.) or (%). The alcohol concentration of wine is usually between 8% and 15%, but the concentration of wines such as port wine and sherry is relatively high (about 18%-23%), while the alcohol content of German liquor is generally low (10). Below %), and the wine has a sweet taste.