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Wine Notes: What Does it Mean to Be Made in France?

Contributor blog post by Jill Barth:

Earlier this month, I lined up a set of wine bottles from France. Each one from a unique and stated region, each one bearing a label like a little luggage tag: here is my home.

To the French people, their government and producers indication of these regions is of the highest importance. While American consumers have grown accustomed to grape-name labeling, the prime designation for French wines is place. This is codified as a l’appellation d’origine protégée or AOP (previously AOC, which still appears here and there).

…Continue reading here for Jill’s informative post on how to read a French wine label. What is terroir? What grapes are in the blend? And so on.

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Jill Barth

Jill Barth

Jill is a writer whose characters make wine, love wine, and live wine. Research for her forthcoming novel–the story of a Provençal winemaking family during the Second World War–has afforded her glorious pleasures: meetings with ambitious French vignerons, travel up and down France in bouncy Renaults, overnights in shuttered châteaux, and many hours as a student of wine with a glass to her lips. In this role, she not only enjoys her own relationship with wine but she also indulges in the life of the French winemaking family that inhabits the pages of her novel.

Jill writes about wine, travel and occasionally yoga (she’s a certified yoga instructor). Her fiction has been featured on NPR and has been published in several literary journals.

Her writings can also be found on her blog L’Occasion.

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