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Wine labels : a world of inovation

 TAGS:It would be a mistake to say that every great wine have a great label. Also, a flashy label doesn?t certify the quality of the drink. However, an innovative label can lead you to try some new and interesting options you wouldn?t have thought of.

 TAGS:Casei de Advocatura Wine (Lawyer?s house): This wine has a grey label simulating a pinstripe suit with a striking red scarf, creating a sober and elegant style. An ideal gift for your family lawyer.

Advine: Advine is a brand of Australian wine that offers a great Shiraz. The label represents a lovely oil painting with floral details. It is supposed to reflect the Dutch heritage of Andrew Leembruggen, a great winemaker.

The Argonaut, 8 arms (original photo): This wine label is probably one of my favorites. It represents an octopus on a white background. It is a reference to the Aristotle’s theory: He claimed that the female octopus travels in his shell and uses its 8 arms to paddle and move.

Csetvei Winery: Designed by Kira Koroknai, this label is a minimalist way of underlining the Winery Csetvei strong taste. It is easy to admire this wavy black and white lines.

Vi Novell 2012: Both for meat lovers and for those who feel overwhelmed with the theme of marriage, this design will be attractive. The label represents several strips of bacon surrounding the body of the bottle. The Celler el Masroig is already known for the originality of the label they create.

Bitch Fest Student Spotlight: The Bitch Fest is an ideal wine to enjoy spontaneous. The design of the label requires to spin the bottle in order to clearly read the white letters.

Torello Malvarel-I 2012: Its label refers to the production process: from the vines selection to the bottling machine through the torelló with creativity.

Minima Moralia: Brandient is the creator of this wine. It came from Singapore and is available in 6 different mixtures, every one of them having an original and artistic black and white photography design.

Today I will recommend 2 wines, will you chose them according to the label? 

 TAGS:Zandvliet Shiraz 2009Zandvliet Shiraz 2009

Zandvliet Shiraz 2009




 TAGS:Hermanuspietersfontein Swartskaap Cabernet Franc 2009Hermanuspietersfontein Swartskaap Cabernet Franc 2009

Hermanuspietersfontein Swartskaap Cabernet Franc 2009





How to read a wine label

In a bottle of wine there is much information to decode. The wine label is one of the most important since, along with the back label, the bottle type, the capsule and the cap, it’s like a car registration or trademark. With it, besides enjoying its design (and commercial hallmark), you can find out the most important elements of wine: grape/s, the winemaker or winery and vintage.

Wine label

  1. Grape, because you can immediately decide if it’s the type of wine you want to drink.
  2. Winery/cellar/winemaker, because some are very good and some not so.
  3. Vintage because some are better than others depending on the weather conditions suffered by the vineyard (in a restaurant, for instance, I always verify that the harvest year that I get is the one I ordered as it may be more expensive or not as good).

In addition to these three reports, you’ll uncover: its alcohol degree, volume content, the identification and location of the winery, bottling registration, appellation and health records and export, and is expressly prohibited that the wine label contain any misleading data.

The wine back label is where the official seal of the Council of the Appellation usually is, plus tasting notes, suggestions for service or pairing and aging period of wine: Crianza, Reserva or Gran Reserva.

Reading a wine label can be as easy as reading the alphabet or as difficult as trying to decode a foreign language, it all depends from whom and where the label comes from. Information on raveling the mystery behind a bottle of wine before it’s open by reading the label, could fill a book, but we’ll try to give you the most important keys.

New World wine labels tend toward the approach of “this is what it is”, with the grape variety or blend clearly labeled, the winery, where the grapes were grown and the alcohol content easily in sight. In Old World wines are known for “masking” key information, but this is not true at all. If you know what you are looking for, you can figure out the relevant tag information with very little effort. Instead of the variety, the place is the main piece of information on the wine label – where is the wine from. The wines from the Old World are heavily invested in their land (terroir), not necessarily in the specific grape, so if you know the region, then you will also have information on the possible grapes that made their way into the bottle.

Here you have some examples I found of interpreting wine labels in other countries: Italy, Germany, France (Burgundy), France (Alsace), New World… Got more examples? Any questions? I wait for your comments. 😉