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Why do American Wines Have French Names?

by David on December 19, 2010

And Italian… and Spanish… and German… This is a logical follow-up question if you read the post on varietal wine. There was a time when American wineries used European places for names such as “Burgundy” or “Chianti”, as a marketing tool. It sounds familiar, it sells, right? Not so much these days. Today, most of […]


What is Varietal Wine?

by David on December 18, 2010

Varietal wine is a showcase of, primarily, one grape variety such as Chardonnay. When the wine is labeled as such, it’s reasonable to expect it to have “varietal character” – Chardonnay might remind you of apples, pears and citrus. Of course, the winemaking has quite an influence on how it all turns out! In America, […]


Understanding Wine Names

by David on June 20, 2009

Varietal, Meritage, proprietary and place names: what does it all mean? We can start with the fact that here at Goosecross we make a wine called ÆROS. Other Napa Valley wineries have released wines called Insignia, Opus One, Rubicon and so forth. What do the names have in common? They represent wines of great distinction […]