May 9, 2012
We love seeing what other food and wine enthusiasts are up to!
We recently stumbled across this Mel and Rose blog post and we thought it held some pretty valuable wine drinking information – enjoy!
Here you will find a reference key to common information printed on all Italian wine labels. We hope this elementary approach will be helpful when you venture into the Italian section of a wine shop.
To explain our short supplement, we have chosen three labels that are different in shape as well as in the amount of information printed on them. To provide a common reference key, we have numbered the data printed on the 1998 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Riserva Bosco label, the one that includes the greatest amount of information from 1 to 11. On the other two labels we have skipped the numbers for which no information is provided. Thus, the 2000 Korem Isola dei Nuraghi label from Argiolas is missing numbers 3 and 11, while the 1998 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Conte di Bregonzo label is missing numbers 6, 10 and 11.
1. Type of wine
2. Wine appellation
3. Additional denomination
4. Vintage year
5. Name of the wine
6. Color of the wine
7. Quantity in milliliters
8. Alcohol content by volume
9. Nation of origin (in our case, obviously Italy)
10. Bottling company data
11. Importer (this information is obviously missing from labels of Italian wines purchased in Italy).