Appellation of Origin

Napa Valley, North Coast, Sierra Foothills, Rockpile, Wild Horse Valley…….and the list goes on. What are all of these? As I referred to in my last blog post, they are all established AVAs. (American Viticultural Areas) The item I’m covering in this...

Vintage: Next non-required label item

What vintage is that wine? This has long been another way of asking what year (or age) is the wine. Though this is also commonly seen on wine labels it is our second example of an item not required by the TTB to appear. However when wineries do choose to include it...

Varietals: a “Non-required” label item

Now that we’ve taken a closer look at the items that are actually required to be on all wine labels, lets go into the next level and review another group: Commonly seen label items. Each of these items we’ll be taking a closer look at are not required to...

Net Contents

The TTB requires all alcoholic beverages to have a net contents statement. They also require this statement to be in metric amounts, and very specific metric amounts by the container’s volume. For example the most common bottle size we used to seeing holds 750...

Sulfite Statement

Tuesday, October 13, 2009 Sulfite Statement The next item in our list of label items is a required one, the sulfite statement. This became a required item on all wine labels on January 9, 1987 for wines containing more than 10 parts per million of sulfur dioxide. This...