Course: Understanding Wine
the french model
All French wines are classified and labeled according to a system named "Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée," which is called “AC” or “AOC” for short. 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 are far-reaching and encompass many aspects of grapegrowing and wine production, including:
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