Weekly wine defined: Appellation d’origine contrôlée

Mary writes:

We write about Appellation d’origine contrôlées (or AOC) regularly, and probably have defined this term before, but it can’t hurt to repeat it, right?

Appellation d’origine contrôlée means: A wine’s name in geographical terms, its place or origin that is legally defined by the government.

Each AOC wine must come from the specific vineyard, district, commune, or region which has established grape varieties which may be planted, specified minimum ripeness, and made according to the traditional usages of its district.

In other words, the wines are the real deal.