Alcohol on the Label

From the Apr 30, 2012, issue

Legally, every wine label must state the alcohol content of the wine in the bottle. Usually you can find the percentage in fine print at the side or bottom of the label. But how much does the number really tell us? Wine Spectator's Harvey Steiman explains.

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