A sommelier shares 10 words to look for to find high-quality wines under $25

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A simple label carries a lot of information.

Affordable wine doesn't have to taste cheap.

But how can you tell you have a good bottle before pouring that first glass?

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"Many wine consumers in the US are still challenged by the abundance of language on a wine label," says Jörn Kleinhans, owner of the The Sommelier Company. "It's difficult enough with an English label, but adding the other languages and countries, it becomes very difficult."

Kleinhans explains that certain words, often those regulated by local government in the region a wine is produced, are reliable indicators of high-quality wine at any price point.

Here are ten words he recommends looking for on wines under $25, to guarantee you're getting the best bottle on the shelf.

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