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Wine Tasting - The Label - ‘The Window to Wine
Learn How to Taste Wine and Become an Expert……………
The art of tasting wine is simple, it just requires the right understanding of what
to look for and how to taste and you don’t have to buy expensive wines to achieve
How do you Start?
First you must learn to how read the label, the window to every bottle. This will
help you to choose the best example from the country of origin, the grape varieties
for identification of taste and the best value for money to suit your pocket. If
you keep going for the ‘3 bottles for a tenner’ then the chances are you will only
benefit from the alcohol content and not the real flavours that better produced wines
have to offer. There are still many good inexpensive wines out there to be found.
Don’t always be tempted by ½ price discounts, as many are misleading and were this
price to begin with.
The Wine Label:
There must be by EU law certain information displayed on the label, this must be
on the front of the bottle, some wines will have a back label also describing the
style of wine and the flavours to expect from the grape varieties used to make the
wine and perhaps certain suggested foods that best accompany it. After practise,
you will be able to make up your own mind as to what is useful advice and what is
just marketing hype.
Information by law:
The quality classification
The country of origin
Alcohol content - ABV [alcohol by volume]
The liquid content - 75cl / litre / 1.5litre etc
Year of vintage - if any
The name and address of producer
Many producers now feel that this amount of information restricts them from advertising
with their ‘eye catching logos’ to grab your attention, so they create a ‘back label’
design with a basic ‘front label’ for the legal requirements. There is no need to
be confused as the label is there to help you, so take the time to read everything,
you will learn more and it’s fun.
Our On-Line course will provide you with more information particularly with regard
to the quality control laws of Europe, very important in making your decision of
what to buy and how much you should be paying. We will tell about producers and vintages
and why it is sometimes better to buy a poorer vintage from a well known producer
than a better vintage from one with not as good a reputation.
You can read more about the ‘Window to Wine’ and learn ‘How to Taste Wine Like a
Professional, The Days of Wine and Noses’ - Join my ‘WineHunters Simply Wine’ Course’
for a Full Years Membership.