It is our belief that the discovery and appreciation of wine is a “life-long” journey and
we want to share in this experience with you. Understanding wine terms and phrase can help you enjoy and have fun at your Wine Tasting.
Balance: one of the most desired traits in a wine is good balance, where the
Concentration of fruit, level of tartaric acid are in harmony.
Body: is the weight and fullness of a wine that can be sensed as it comes
In contact with the palate.
Bouquet: as a wine’s aroma becomes more developed from bottle aging,
The aroma is transformed into an array of various flavors of the fermented grapes.
Brilliant: refers to the color of the wine. A brilliant wine is one that is clear, with
No haze, cloudiness or milky layer.
Cedar: this refers to a wine with a woody aroma or overtly smell of cedar wood.
Chewy: if a wine is rather dense with a viscous texture from high glycerin content,
Then it is referred to as being from great vintages and has a full mouthfeel and a wonderful finish.
Complex: one of the most subjective descriptive terms used referring to a wine that has a variety of layers, subtle scents and flavors that holds your attention.
Corked: simply this is a “flawed wine” that has taken the smell of the cork and
Offers no real aroma or fruit.
Floral: Wines from Riesling, Muscat or Vioginer grape that have aroma of rose
Petals, lavender and jasmine.
Peppery: wines from Australia, Rhone and Spain that have a noticeable aroma of black pepper and spice.
Plummy: Rich, flavorful concentrated wines which can often have the smell of a
Delicious ripe plum.
Silky: a wine with a velvety, lush and soft finish. They are often sought after wines as they drink easily and go well with many foods.
Spicy: these wines can have aromas of cinnamon, peppermint, olives and other flavors lumped together.
Smoky: due to the soil conditions and the fermentation wines can have a distinctive roasted or smoky flavor. The barrels used to age the wine will often give this character to the wine.
Tannins: that dry almost puckery feeling we get when we drink aged wine. This is
The result of the skin and seeds used to give flavor, taste and helps the wine age.