This isn't new: in 2008 Randall Grahm's 2007 Ca' del Solo Muscat and Albariño revealed both the ingredients in the final product ("grapes, sulfur dioxide") and the ingredients used during the winemaking process ("Indigenous yeast, organic yeast hulls, bentonite, cream of tartar"). But the resurgence of the trend is concerning to some. Those in favor believe full label disclosure encourages "natural" winemaking, but those opposed say a long list of unfamiliar terms is likely to scare drinkers off.
Would the average drinker be glad to know his wine was clarified with isinglass, a fish-bladder extract, or its alcohol level boosted with beet sugar? "To have a long list makes it look like antifreeze," says David Lillie, co-owner of Chambers Street Wines, who likes the idea less in practice than in theory... And for Paul Grieco, co-owner of Hearth and Terroir, what matters most is the potential effect on the wine-drinking public. "If it's going to scare people off, then I'm scared shitless of it."
Personally, I'm definitely in favor of an ingredients list. What do you think? Would you like to see an ingredients list on your wine label?
Read More: Wine's New Fine Print at New York Magazine and What's In a Wine? at Gourmet
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