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What's In the Bottle of Wine - United States

The United States is one of the easier wine growing countries when it comes to understanding what is in a bottle of wine. That is because the vast majority of wineries in the United States label by wine variety. Therefore, a wine that says Chardonnay on it contains wine made from the Chardonnay grape.

In the United States, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms is responsible for regulating the wine industry.

While that is pretty simple and straight forward, there are a few nuances that are worth noting.

Conundrum Wine

What About Meritage or Proprietary Labeled Wines

A proprietary labeled wine is one that simply contains a brand name. Opus One would be an example of a proprietary labeled wine. It is a blend of red wine grapes. A white wine example would be Conundrum. The good news is that many of these wines will give the grape content on the back label.

Meritage Association

Meritage wines, wines that have Meritage on the label, are also wines that are made up of a blend of grapes. There are both red and white Meritage wines. Wineries labeling their wine Meritage must agree to the Meritage Association's licensing agreement.