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.