I just returned from ProWein 2018. As always, the world’s leading convocation of wine and spirits professionals did not disappoint. Stay tuned for more coverage on this event in the coming weeks.
 
We’ve talked a lot about wine labeling over the years, but there's always more to say. While at ProWein I attended a dinner sponsored by the VDP. You may recognize the letters VDP from bottles of German wine. It occurred to me that while so many Americans are drinking German wine, many may not fully understand the importance of these three letters on some German bottles. And for those who already do understand, I hope this piece reminds you to pick up a bottle of German wine this weekend. 
VDP stands for the Verband Deutscher Prädikatsweingüter. It is the oldest national association of fine winegrowing estates anywhere in the world. Founded in 1910, the VDP brings together roughly 200 winegrowing estates from a variety of regions across Germany. They adhere to incredibly specific standards that ensure quality bottles. Their logo, an eagle bearing a cluster of grapes, is unmistakable. Many of the German wines you will find at your local retailer have this logo on their seals. Learn more about VDP and what they do here