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Decoding Wine Labels with Wine Affairs

Understanding wine labels can sometimes feel like deciphering a secret code. Wine Affairs is here to simplify the process, guiding you through the main elements you'll encounter on a wine label.

Producer or Winery:

The producer's name is often prominent on the label. This name gives you insight into who made the wine, and often, the wine's general quality and style.


This is the year when the grapes were harvested. It's important as it can offer clues about the quality and taste of the wine. Certain years have better conditions for growing, impacting the flavor and complexity of the wine.


This indicates where the grapes were grown. The appellation can be as large as an entire country or as specific as a single vineyard.

Wine Type:

This describes the style of wine (red, white, rose, sparkling), or the grape varietal used (like Cabernet Sauvignon or Chardonnay).

Alcohol by Volume (ABV):

The ABV gives you an idea of the potency of the wine. It can also hint at the body and mouthfeel; a higher ABV often correlates with a fuller-bodied wine.

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