At its most basic level, the system assures authenticity: The grapes were grown in the geographic region stated on the bottle's label.
In fact, AC regulations go beyond vineyard location; they encompass many aspects of grapegrowing and wine production, including:
Passionate about wine? Wine Spectator's New York office is looking for a detail-oriented editorial assistant for the magazine and an editorial assistant for the Restaurant Awards program and digital products.
Sips & Tips | Wine & Healthy Living
Video Theater | Collecting & Auctions
New! Ratings Flash | New! Unfiltered