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Dear Dr. Vinny,

What's the difference between wine labeled as "private bin" and "cellar selection"?

—Allan, Brisbane, Australia

Dear Allan,

There aren't any legally defined requirements for wine labels that include reference to specific bins or cellar selections. But both terms suggest a special wine—something that stood out in the cellar and was bottled separately because of that.

You can add these to the list of legally undefined terms that wine brands use to make their wines stand out—“reserve” or "natural"—and which can range from pure marketing to indications of truly special wines.

—Dr. Vinny

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