Argentina, Spain and Reserva - the madness of wine law
11 Dec 2013 by Richard Hemming
I say, I say, I say. What do you get if you cross wine labels, Argentina, Spain and articles 32(1), 33, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40(2)(c) and 42(1) of European Commission Council Regulation 607/2009? You get a painful and protracted saga over the usage of the term 'Reserva' on Argentinian wine labels. Okay, it's not the best punchline - but it does at least provide an insight into the gruesome bureaucratic wrangling that can take place behind the scenes in wine. The story came to light last week as I was travelling in Argentina. Chakana is a quality-focused, Mendoza-based winery that exports to the UK, among other markets. Last year, they...

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