Wine Around The World #5---Wine Labeling
One of the sources of confusion about different wine types is due to the different labeling of wine from different parts of the world.
In America and other parts of the "New World" (for example in California wines ) wine is typically labeled according to the variety of grape (eg, "Chardonnay"). However, in Europe wine is labeled by the region where the wine was produced (eg, "Chablis" which is a French wine from the Chardonnay grape, or "Rioja" which is aSpanish wine made primarily from the Tempranillo grape).
In addition, many types of wine are actually blends of grape varieties, with brand names invented by the winery. Often the label will indicate the types of grapes in the blend, but not always.