Recently, there's been a push for transparency in product labeling, especially when it comes to foods such as those claiming to be organic or natural.
However, rarely has that same critical gaze been applied to wine labels. Instead, consumers look to wine labels to provide them with a few tasting notes and possibly even suggestions for what food their chosen merlot should be paired with.
Like other foods and consumable products, though, wine contains a number of additives that shoppers may want to or need to know about. At a recent wine festival in London, experts discussed the implications of heightened disclosure.
Some vintners were against the efforts, suggesting that more transparent labels will require more work from winemakers, while others pointed out that the back labels as they stand provide too little space for additional informational, Palate Press reports.
The case for more explicit wine labels cannot be ignored, though, especially as the number of individuals with specialty food allergies – such as gluten – is growing.