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Understanding Wine Labels  - Protected Designation of Origin

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Originating in France, the ‘appellation d'origine contrôlée’ system was designed to indicate the provenance of a wine, it acts as a certificate that wines awarded the right to use that particular AOC adhere to certain quality rules, grape blends, winemaking  methods and has been born of a particular terroir. There are now 15 winemaking nations that have adopted a similar system, here are some of the most important. France There are over 450 AOC wines in France, some of the most prestigious being Chateauneuf du Pape, Montrachet & St Emilion.  There are many more quality indicators specific to different AOC’s...

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What I Love the Most About Wine

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I have long had a place in my heart for wine, but not always from this perspective.  My love of wine comes from a place that doesn’t much care for grape varietals, bouquets or vintages, it stems from Saturday evenings at home with my Dad when I was young, making homemade pizzas, watching ‘Allo ‘Allo and sharing a glass of (watered down!) five quid Cotes du Rhone from the local Sainsburys (this was the 80’s!) Of course, those evenings weren’t just about the wine, they were about family ritual and coming together to break bread and enjoy each other’s company,...

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