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.