American Wine Labels
When selecting an American wine you will notice it is labeled with the three V’s. These are Varietal, Vintner (or winery) and Vintage. As we saw earlier each varietal of grape has a vastly different character. This also holds true for a wine’s vintner and vintage. Each vintner has its own preferences for what makes a wine good and will leave their own influence on a wine as it is made. The vintage is the year that the grapes were harvested. It can also have an effect on a wine as changes in sunlight and weather will effect a grape as it grows.
Enjoying wine does not have to be an intimidating process. With only a basic understanding of wine you can discover that enjoying it is not too difficult at all. Before blindly picking out a bottle from the shelf for a tasting it is important to know what you are looking for. Each particular wine has its unique characters even when comparing two wines that are both seemingly similar! To understand wine it is important to have a general idea of how they are made in the first place.