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(The New York Times)   How to read a wine label in 12 easy lessons (or your second bottle)   (nytimes.com) divider line
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2020-09-29 2:52:24 PM  
Well here's some ideas from beer labels

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2020-09-29 2:57:32 PM  
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2020-09-29 2:59:33 PM  
Homemade wine labels

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2020-09-29 3:56:36 PM  
Nice article. I've always preferred German wine labels; they contain all the information you need.
 
2020-09-29 4:07:57 PM  
Step 1: Find ABV.
 
2020-09-29 4:38:00 PM  
1) why do you need lessons for how to read a farking wine label?

2) I'll never know because paywall.

3) grape-varietal labels suck. Appellation system is far more useful. "Pinot noir" (but also as much as 25% of god knows what else) OK great, could taste like farking anything, huge help, thanks for nothing.
 
2020-09-29 4:38:55 PM  

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Ah. I mistranslated years ago in Paris, and thought I should drink a quart at every meal. Ah well, no sense in changing now.
 
2020-09-29 4:40:47 PM  
Honestly, I look on the rack for my favorite varietals and check reviews online for any bottle that seems promising.  Most bottle labels have very little useful information.
 
2020-09-29 4:51:59 PM  

fallingcow: 1) why do you need lessons for how to read a farking wine label?

2) I'll never know because paywall.

3) grape-varietal labels suck. Appellation system is far more useful. "Pinot noir" (but also as much as 25% of god knows what else) OK great, could taste like farking anything, huge help, thanks for nothing.


You can sign up for a free NYT account. It's free!
 
2020-09-29 4:54:53 PM  
I only need to know one thing, whether it's white, red, rosé, or sparkling (white, red, or rosé). I might want to know whether it's a dessert wine as well.
 
2020-09-29 4:59:05 PM  

fallingcow: 1) why do you need lessons for how to read a farking wine label?

2) I'll never know because paywall.

3) grape-varietal labels suck. Appellation system is far more useful. "Pinot noir" (but also as much as 25% of god knows what else) OK great, could taste like farking anything, huge help, thanks for nothing.



I got around the paywall but it's a painfully dull article - it feels more like he's showcasing certain designs of labels rather than providing useful information. Like he spends a lot of time on font choices and international awards trivia.

I totally agree with your point # 3 - I do like that the two wine & liquor stores I go to have some pretty good and useful tasting notes on little placards by the wines. The neighborhood one is especially funny: "$5 Catalunya. Perfect for putting in a red solo cup at a backyard BBQ. Enjoy with hamburgers and hot dogs". It was indeed pretty damn good for $5 wine.
 
2020-09-29 5:03:20 PM  

dericwater: I only need to know one thing, whether it's white, red, rosé, or sparkling (white, red, or rosé). I might want to know whether it's a dessert wine as well.


The residual sugar is probably way more important: sweet, semi-sweet, semi-dry, dry.

For example, Moscato and Sauvignon Blanc are both white but you might be in for a nasty surprise if you're expecting one and get the other.
 
2020-09-29 5:11:53 PM  
Step 1)  Find the ABV.
a)  if not found end
Step 2)  Is ABV over 10?
a)  if not end
Step 3)  Is it under $10?
a)  if no end
Step 4)  Buy it
 
2020-09-29 5:42:08 PM  
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2020-09-29 6:10:24 PM  

MusicMakeMyHeadPound: dericwater: I only need to know one thing, whether it's white, red, rosé, or sparkling (white, red, or rosé). I might want to know whether it's a dessert wine as well.

The residual sugar is probably way more important: sweet, semi-sweet, semi-dry, dry.

For example, Moscato and Sauvignon Blanc are both white but you might be in for a nasty surprise if you're expecting one and get the other.


And that's what my search criteria would differentiate. Moscatos are dessert wines, SB's aren't. But can I tell a SB from a pinot grigio or a chardonnay? No way in hell.
 
2020-09-29 7:56:34 PM  
years ago, I remember having a cute little wallet-card put out every year (by... advocate? enthusiast? spectator? I forget...) but it was a chart of region vs. vintage, and would have their % rating in every box. by no means perfect, and quite likely biased by whomever supplied it, but it was, "eh close enough, I can pick something that sounds good and also find my price range without having to ask anyone and also look clever at dinner for having bought the correct year"

these days we just buy whatever box is affordably priced and fruity, 'cos that's what the wife likes. I'm ok with that! well, mostly-ok, the alcoholitician in me doesn't like that everything in that description is all 9%.

/personally enjoy most-any malbec or shiraz
//'specially when barefoot or yellowtail are 2x1.5L for nineteen bucks total
///truly enjoy txakoli but that shiat ent easy to find, and pricey. portogese verde is almost close enough.
 
2020-09-29 8:10:06 PM  

dericwater: MusicMakeMyHeadPound: dericwater: I only need to know one thing, whether it's white, red, rosé, or sparkling (white, red, or rosé). I might want to know whether it's a dessert wine as well.

The residual sugar is probably way more important: sweet, semi-sweet, semi-dry, dry.

For example, Moscato and Sauvignon Blanc are both white but you might be in for a nasty surprise if you're expecting one and get the other.

And that's what my search criteria would differentiate. Moscatos are dessert wines, SB's aren't. But can I tell a SB from a pinot grigio or a chardonnay? No way in hell.


I think this calls for a scientific taste test!

You might fail, but I bet it'll feel good at least.
 
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