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Dear Dr. Vinny,

When creating a wine list, what is the proper way to list a private-label wine? Should it be listed with the winery name or with the restaurant name?

—Henrique V., Chicago

Dear Henrique,

I checked with Nathan Wesley, who handles Wine Spectator's Restaurant Awards Program (and reads wine lists for a living), for his advice. Nathan says, "Private-label wines on a restaurant's wine list should include both the name of the winery that produces the wine and the name of the special cuvée, as well as the appellation and vintage."

I agree. Discerning diners would like to know if the producer is one of their favorites or not.

—Dr. Vinny


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