You CAN Judge a Wine By Its Label

Wine-label-terms-explainedThey say you can’t judge a book by its cover, but that’s not exactly true of wine. If you know what to look for, you’ll find lots of helpful information spelled out for you on the label.

Allow us to break down some of the terms you’ll find on Greenvale labels. After all, learning more about your favorite wines can help cultivate an even deeper appreciation.

Estate Grown – You’ll notice Greenvale’s wine bottles have Estate Grown on them. This is not to be confused with Estate Bottled, which may appear on other labels. Estate Grown means that the vineyard grew 100 percent of the grapes on its own land, but they may have been crushed and bottled elsewhere.

Table Wine – This represents the wine type and class designation, and indicates whether it
is a table wine, a stronger dessert wine or a sparkling wine. To be considered a table wine,
the bottle must contain an alcohol content of at least 7 percent alcohol by volume, but no
more than 14 percent. Based on these guidelines, the specific alcohol content does not have
to appear on the wine label if it says “Table Wine.”

Southeastern New England – This represents Greenvale’s AVA, or American Viticultural Area designation. The designation is a way to show customers where the grapes were grown. The Southeastern New England AVA runs along the coastline from just south of
Boston to Rhode Island and onto just south of New London, Connecticut along the Long
Island Sound. It includes Cape Cod and the Islands. As a cool grape growing region with a
maritime climate, it is known to produce outstanding white wines.

Sulfites – All wine that is sold in the United States must have “Contains sulfites” printed on
the label, according to a law that was passed in 1987. Sulfites are present in all wine. It is a
natural by product and helps to prevent oxidation, premature aging and spoiling. Sulfites
are also often added because of its ability to preserve and protect the wine. A small  percentage of the population who are asthmatic may be sulfite sensitive, and experience a
rare allergic reaction from sulfites. For this reason, the government requires “Sulfites” to be
listed on every wine label.

Any terms you’ve come across on wine labels that confuse you? Let us know and we’d be
happy to explain.

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