December 19, 2014 – Hi, there! My name is Leslee Miller and I’m excited to guest blog today with ALDI! Reading a wine label has become a whole lot easier than it ever used to be. Older versions of wine labels coming from Europe were written in another language with a zillion different details inscribed across the front. While the world of wine still holds a variety of these same stylized labels, most producers are changing their tune internationally when it comes to their packaging. ALDI puts the ease into reading a wine label by taking this information one step further.
Here’s what you’ll find on ALDI wine labels
Style. This indicates how the wine will feel from a weight perspective in your mouth. If you like skim milk, you’re most likely looking for grape varietals that are more thin skinned and lighter in body, like Flirty Bird Sauvignon Blanc, Moiselle Crisp White, Winking Owl Pinot Grigio or Burlwood Pinot Noir. If you like 2% milk we’re talking a bit more weight like Flirty Bird Syrah or Viña Fuerte Tempranillo. Like whole milk? Try William Wright Chardonnay or the Walker Napa Valley Red. Pair light wines with light food, more full bodied wines with fuller bodied foods.
Taste. Located on the second line of the label, the taste indicator tells you how the wine will satiate your senses. Dry is on one side of the scale, sweet is on the other. In the middle, we have semi-dry and semi-sweet. Almost ALL wines in the world are produced dry, meaning yeast eats all of the sugar in a grape during the fermentation process leaving the finished wine without sugar. Wines like Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, almost all of the world’s red wines (unless specifically a dessert wine) and Chardonnay are always produced dry. Even most of the world’s Rieslings are produced dry! Yet, there are a few that can sit in the semi-dry category, like Züm Riesling.
Notes. This section refers to the tasting notes of the wine. This is one of my favorite parts of ALDI wine labels! It makes selecting wines from their portfolio so easy. If you like pear, peach and honeysuckle or cherry, spice and cinnamon – guaranteed you’ll be able to find just the right wines with those descriptors for your palate!
Food. This section refers to the pairings in the food world that are meant for that particular wine. This makes creating your menu, while you’re standing in an ALDI store, that much easier! When you combine both the food notes and the tasting notes, you’re even more equipped with information for building your food menu.
Temperature. This lists the exact temperature in which the wine should be best enjoyed. Tip: Never serve your white wines too cold or your reds too warm.
Origin. This tells you exactly where the wine is from. Looking to create your next wine party with an international selection of wines? ALDI makes it easy to shop with this super simple fact listed at the bottom of each label, allowing you to fill your basket with a variety of wines from around the globe!
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Leslee Miller is a dually certified Sommelier through the International Sommelier Guild and the Court of Master Sommeliers. She is the sole owner of wine consulting firm, Amusée, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.