Bob's View

Labels on Wine

The way wines are labeled can be confusing. Sometimes they are named for the area in which they are produced (i.e. Champagne, Pouilly Fuisse), others are named for the grapes from which they are made (i.e. Chardonnay, Merlot), some are named for district, better known production areas which produce wines that are at least similar (i.e.Chablis, Burgundy), and finally, there are wines that have 'made up' brand names applied to them (i.e.Cold Duck, Mateus, Blue Nun).

I'm not one for naming wines with catchy phrases or fantasy names to attract the purchaser I like to think the winery (producer) and skills of the winemaker and reputation will do the attracting.

This type of label will not attract my dollar; when reading a label I want to know

The Producer

The name of the producer is often the most important information on the label that's because some producers have a reputation for producing high-quality wines year after year, whereas others have sporadic or less than stellar records

Type of grape used

Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec, Chardonnay,Gamy or _____
If a blend tells me the % of each grape I'm curious and like to compare and enhance my taste buds.

Region grapes are grown in

It may determine a selection based on the reputation of a particular region


The year indicated on a wine label is the vintage, or the year the grapes were harvested

The labels of famous winemaking estates have renowned symbols or colors.


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