Now Available: A Guide for Decoding US Wine Labels

Napa, California (PressExposure) February 26, 2011 -- Ann Reynolds, a 20 year plus veteran of the Napa Valley wine industry has recently published her first book, The Inside Story of a Wine Label. It was Ms. Reynolds' intention in writing this book to offer an educational guide to wine consumers and wine industry professionals looking to expand their wine appreciation education.

There is a wealth of information about the product inside a bottle of wine that lives on the label that is placed on the outside of it. The Inside Story of a Wine Label takes readers on a guided tour of each of those items and explains them in a thorough, yet simple way that is easy to understand and better yet put into practice the next time they are viewing a wine label. For example, some of the items which are decoded in this book include: vintage, varietal and appellation. These three items which consumers have become very accustomed to viewing on wine labels are all actually examples of ones which are NOT required to appear. However, in the case that any of them are used on a wine label then there are minimum percentage requirements that must be met. A wine label which states a varietal such as Zinfandel for example tells the consumer that the wine blend in that bottle contains at least 75% Zinfandel wine. A label which states Napa Valley on it, which is an example of a specific type of appellation known as an American Viticultural Area (Or AVA) tells the consumer that the wine blend contains a minimum of 85% of its total from grapes sourced from within the boundaries of the Napa Valley AVA.

Wine consumers are already accustomed to searching for and choosing wines based on some of these wine label terms. "The Inside Story of a Wine Label" will allow them to further expand on their wine education and thus their appreciation of the product they have come to enjoy as part of their lifestyle. The book is available through local merchants in the Napa area as well as through Ann's business website:

About Wine Compliance Alliance

Wine Compliance Alliance offers training and education services and materials to those in the wine industry as well as wine consumers looking to expand their wine education. Ann Reynolds has over 20 years of background across the span of wine production which qualifies her to provide expert guidance to the industry.
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Press Release Submitted On: February 25, 2011 at 1:41 pm
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