Wine Labels

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Realty Center

Can you judge a wine by its label?  In a nutshell, yes!  Taking a closer look at the details may help score you a better-tasting bottle!

Look for alcohol level.  A peek at this percentage will tip you off to how heavy the wine will feel in your mouth.  Ten percent should feel similar to water; 12 to 13 percent can feel like skim mil; and 15 percent or higher will have the body of whole milk.

 

Ignore fancy artwork.  Stickers that feature beautiful vineyards or estates are trying to get a point across---this bottle means business---but the wines might not live up to the imagery.

 

Look for "ancient".  Spotting this or "old vines" on a lable may mean that the grapevines are decades old.  These tend to produce fewer grapes and concentrated juices,so the bottles may have stronger flavors.

 

Ignore the grape types.  If you don't see any recognizable words like "merlot" or "chardonnay", that doesn't mean the wine isn't one. Wines from Europe--the so-called Old World--are often labeld by origin rather than grape style. 

 

Look for flavor clues.  The back label is often full of hints to the wine's taste, so make sure you turn the bottle over. 

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Craig Rutman
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I so have no clue about wine. But I just learned a little something from your post today, Kristin.

Dec 11, 2011 02:31 AM #1
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Glad to hear it Craig, and I will teach you LOL!

Dec 11, 2011 02:33 AM #2
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Dan Hopper
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Once, you find a good winemaker, stick with them... nothing is more exciting than the new bottled wine that is not chemically induced to generate the same taste.  I still prefer the oak barrel wines.

Dec 11, 2011 02:36 AM #3
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Dick & Sandy Beals
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Hello Kristin,

And we all know the best way to know about wine is to drink it, find one you like, and then try different labels.  Do you know about the wine site www.WTSO.com?  It is a wealth of information and a great place to purchase wines that are hard to find.....AND at 60 and 70% savings.

Dick Beals 

 

Dec 11, 2011 02:38 AM #4
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Roger D. Mucci
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Having been in the restaurant business for years and attending many, many wine seminars, you gave some good advice here.............you know I love it when you speak my language.  "Adult Beverages"...........you rock MM!

Dec 11, 2011 03:00 AM #5
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Dan, I like those too :-)

Dick, I haven't heard of this site...I am definitely going to check it out!! Thanks!

 

Roger, just another thing I like about you :-)

Dec 11, 2011 03:02 AM #6
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Gita Bantwal
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Kristin, I learned a few new things about wine from this post.

Dec 11, 2011 04:26 AM #7
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I am glad to hear it Gita!~

Dec 11, 2011 06:38 AM #8
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I am such a sucker for wine names!  There are some cheap ones that are pretty good!

Dec 11, 2011 10:37 AM #9
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Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459
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Kristin

Very good info on wine. The grapes and the types of them are a science in their own

Dec 11, 2011 12:14 PM #10
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Lou Ludwig
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Kristin

Thanks for the tips on wine.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Dec 11, 2011 02:50 PM #11
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I have no palette when it comes to wine unless it tastes like vinegar--then I know I don't like it. I can't tell an expensive one from a cheap one. Maybe your tips will help, Kristin.

Dec 12, 2011 12:08 AM #12
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Renee, I agree...some great bottles for less than 10 bucks!

 

You got that right Tom!

Lou, you are most welcome!

Toni, Enjoy any and every kind then :-)

Dec 12, 2011 01:21 AM #13
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Michael J. Perry
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Kristin great advice to help us pick the perfect bottle ! Have a great Holiday Season !

Dec 19, 2011 11:58 AM #14
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Glad it worked for you Michael!

Dec 20, 2011 01:55 AM #15
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Don Hess
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Drinking wine for years, but knowing very little about them, this is great info that I'll keep. I was glad to see your comment on great wines for 10 bucks. I thought there was something wrong with me because I like a lot of wines that sell for 10 bucks. :)

Dec 21, 2011 07:26 AM #16
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I know what you mean Don.....I like some bottles of wine, sometimes as low as 8!

Dec 21, 2011 08:53 AM #17
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