I love the back labels on wine bottles. Some are famously informative; Ridge Vineyards' labels, for example, offer a descriptive and virtually complete chronicle of the details of each wine. The extra info wineries provide on the winemaking techniques can really tell you a lot about that wine, as long as you're speaking the same language as the winemaker!

Even I can get confused by the dense and sometimes arcane language used by wineries, and winemakers, for that matter. Folks in the biz tend to forget that the wine world has its own vocabulary, one that many consumers can find confusing, so today I’m going to decipher the snippet quoted above. It’s really pretty explicit, and very telling -- but only if you can read it!