Wine Mastery

Delve deeper. This section offers a detailed exploration, building upon and enhancing the knowledge you’ve gained from the Foundation. Dive into the nuances and intricacies of the wine world. 

  • You might have come across the term “AVA” on a wine bottle and wondered what it signifies. AVA stands for American Viticultural Area, and it plays a crucial role in the identity of American wines. Let's unravel the mysteries behind AVAs, and introduce you to some of the most acclaimed ones.

  • Understanding wine labels can often seem like deciphering a foreign language. But, worry not! I'm here to help you decode American wine labels. With these insights, you’ll find it easier to make more informed choices and possibly discover new favorites.

  • Italian wines offer a vast array of styles and flavors, reflecting the country's rich winemaking heritage. However, understanding Italian wine labels can be a challenge for those unfamiliar with the country's complex classification system.

    In this article, we will explore how to identify grape varieties on Italian wine labels based on the region and DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) classification. By understanding these concepts, you'll be able to navigate Italian wine labels with ease and select bottles that suit your palate.

  • German wines are renowned for their quality and diversity, ranging from dry, crisp whites to lusciously sweet dessert wines. Grasping the German wine labeling system, particularly the six Prädikat categories, is crucial to understand and appreciate the wines this country has to offer.

    This article will guide you through the Prädikat categories and help you make informed decisions when selecting German wines.

  • French wine labels often focus on the region of origin and Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) rather than the grape variety used. This can make it challenging for those unfamiliar with French wine to identify the grape variety in a particular bottle.

    This article will help you decipher grape varieties in French wines based on their AOC and region, providing examples to guide you through the process.

  • Italy is renowned for its diverse and high-quality wines, from the powerful Barolo to the rich and velvety Amarone. However, navigating Italian wine labels can be daunting. To help you understand the Italian wine labeling system and make more informed decisions, let's delve into the Indicazione Geografica Protetta (IGP), Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC), and Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) classifications.

Wine Sections

Tasting and Enjoying Wine | Bernard Marr | Wine Cellar

Tasting & Enjoying Wine

Understanding Wine Making | Bernard Marr | Wine Cellar

Understanding Wine Making

Understanding Wine Regions | Bernard Marr | Wine Cellar

Understanding Wine Regions

Understanding Grape Varieties | Bernard Marr | Wine Cellar

Understanding Grape Varieties

Understanding Wine Labels | Bernard Marr | Wine Cellar

Understanding Wine Labels

The Wines of the World | Bernard Marr | Wine Cellar

The Wines of the World

Wine Trends & Technology | Bernard Marr | Wine Cellar

Wine Trends & Technology

Wine and Food Pairing | Bernard Marr | Wine Cellar

My Wine Adventures

Wine & Food Diary | Bernard Marr | Wine Cellar

Wine and Food Pairing

Wine Reviews | Bernard Marr | Wine Cellar

Wine Reviews

Some of my most memorable wines