What's in a Wine Name?

By American Wine Appassionata September 07, 2016

What's in a Wine Name?

There is a major difference between the USA and Europe in the way that wines are specified. In the States, wine's specified type is based on the dominating grape varietal used in producing that wine. Regulations allow the wine producer to specify the type of wine by its dominating varietal.

​There is a major difference between the USA and Europe in the way that wines are specified. In the States, wine's specified type is based on the dominating grape varietal used in producing that wine. Regulations allow the wine producer to specify the type of wine by its dominating varietal.

For example, Cabernet Sauvignon must contain at least 75% of the Cabernet Sauvignon varietal in its content for the wine to be called Cabernet Sauvignon.

In Europe on the other hand, the type of wine is based on the region where the fruit (grapes) are harvested.
For example, Bordeaux wines are grown in the Bordeaux region of France.


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