For many of us wine is a mystery! I have met so many people that don’t want to look like an “Idiot” when trying wine so they stay away from it all together. You don’t have to be afraid of trying wine. Picking a good tasting wine is not as hard as you think. I thought I would give you a quick crash course on the terms you would hear in a wine tasting room or bar so that you won’t have to feel like and idiot the next time you are offered a glass of the grape.
Aroma – The bouquet or nose; the aromatic component of the wine
Color – the way to determine quality and age of wine. Wine can range from white to yellow to red to purple
Dry – wine that has very little unfermented sugar
Herbaceous – this is a flavor that is green and can indicate under ripe grapes.
Legs – the formation of the wine along the glass. Longer legs indicate higher alcohol while no legs indicate that water was added
Nose – see Aroma
Sommelier – a person with a degree in wine knowledge
Tannins – found in skins and pits and add structure to wine
Vintage – the year a particular wine was made/harvested
There are lots of other terms, though these are the most common ones to get you started in the world
of wine tasting.
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