Wine-Searcher's database lists items offered by wine stores from almost every part of the world. Considering this volume and diversity, it is quite common to come across terms and abbreviations used to describe wine names which may not be familiar to all our users.
We have compiled a list of terms you may find as part of a wine name. In some cases, they may also appear as part of a wine label. Please visit our wine label information page for a broader insight into various labeling terms and laws.
We believe this glossary will prove to be a valuable reference point for finer details about the terms and abbreviations wine retailers use to specify wine names. Please note that the information provided here is specific to the abbreviations and terms used by our merchants to describe their wines.
Please use the bookmarks below to find the information you are looking for.
Pricing and tax-related terms, including wine auctions
Common abbreviations to indicate availability
Abbreviations often used to describe where the wine was bottled
Packaging and storing information
Common abbreviations used to indicate a wine's quality designation
Styles and types of wine
Abbreviated names of wine critics that often accompany a wine name, along with their scores
Bottle conditions as described by the label, cork and capsule quality
A list of wine bottle sizes
Bottle fill-level abbreviations
Miscellaneous wine terms
Although these descriptions are not widespread, they are often important indicators in the case of investment-grade fine and rare wines. You may come across these terms once in a while on Wine-Searcher.
Here is a compilation of the various sizes (or formats) of wine bottles, and their standard bottle (0.75 liters) equivalents from Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne.
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