Someone invited you to dinner and you can't go empty handed. Here's the idea: why not bring a nice bottle of wine? Although the best choice would be to go to a wine shop, many of you will probably go to a supermarket. After several minutes spent looking at the bottles, trying to understand something from the information on them, what do you do?
Choose the wine with the "most beautiful" label. Eh eh ... it would be nice if it were that easy.

The label is the identity card of a wine and contains all the essential information for choosing a bottle. Let's see how to learn to read it and identify the information that interests us.

  1. CLASSIFICATION - Indication relative to the area of origin of the wine and its classification. We have already deepened the meaning of the various acronyms (DOP, DOCG, DOC, IGT, IGP, Wine) in the previous article The classification of Italian wines.
    Try to remember this item when you like a wine, as it is very likely that you may like other wines of the same name. For example, if among your favorite wines there is the Brunello di Montalcino DOCG of a specific cellar, you will probably also like those of other producers.
  2. BOTTLER - Information not to be completely overlooked. Give great importance to those who have bottled the wine, favoring the producer rather than a bottling company.
    Entries such as "Bottled at the origin" or "Entirely produced and bottled by [producer]" guarantee you that the wine that was made entirely in the same company, rather than transferred to other factories, perhaps miles away.
  3. YEAR- Compulsory only for DOP wines (excluding sparkling and liqueur wines) it immediately allows you to understand if you are going to taste a young or aging wine.
  4. ALCOHOLIC STRENGTH - Indicates the percentage of ethyl alcohol.
  5. ALLERGENS - We will deepen the theme "sulfites" in a dedicated article. For now you just need to know that a wine that "contains sulphites" will not give you a headache and that one that "does not contain sulphites" is not better for this. It simply has a quantity of sulfur dioxide (which also develops naturally during fermentation) of less than 10 ml/l, an important value for any allergies.
  6. GRAPE VARIETY - Optional indication that, in addition to the Denomination of Origin, will help you to better define your tastes in order to search for wines of the same type.