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Wine Wisdoms #7: Why the Wire on Rioja?

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008 at 1:30:12 PM
by Josh F., Wine Enthusiast Companies

Rioja BottleEarly in the 20th century as some of Rioja’s producers had made great improvements and offered wines far superior to others, unscrupulous merchants started to paste labels from the top wines onto undistinguished bottles. To prevent this, the wineries started putting wire mesh around their bottles. Today it is a tradition that still holds for many wineries.

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One Response to “Wine Wisdoms #7: Why the Wire on Rioja?”

  1. That was an interesting article. I have not seen the wire on bottles of wine where I shop. Is this high end wines only? I will definitely be looking for the wire on the wine bottles the next time I shop for wine. Thank you for your interesting articles.

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