14 Jun

Wine “Glassary”

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What the heck does that mean? A down to earth wine glossary.

As always, we strive to put things in layman terms. The importance of the description is that it is understandable, not overly technical. We will try to give an analogy with each term. Hope it helps.

Tasting TermsWhat the heck does that mean?
AcidicRefers to the crisp or sharp taste in wine. Desirable and pleasant but too much can make a wine unpleasantly "tart". A lemon, being so high in citric acid it displays that overly tart sensation in the mouth.
AftertasteAlso called the "finish" is the lingering taste left in your mouth after swallowing the wine. The longer the finish generally means the better the wine but only as long as it's a pleasant aftertaste.
AromaRefers to smell of younger wines. Created from the fruit (grape) itself. It varies with the grape variety. As opposed to "bouquet" which is developed with ageing.
AromaticA wine is said to be aromatic if it displays a distinct richness of a primary smell. In other words, when one particular aroma really stands out.
BalanceWhen no one part of the wine is overly dominating (or lacking) it is said to be balanced. Like a harmony between tastes, smell, mouth feel and finish.
BlandOften refers to wines with little character. It is not unlike foods without flavour which are considered tasteless or "bland".
BodyIs the weight or feel of the wine while in your mouth.Try the "Milk Analogy". Imagine the feel in your mouth of a) skim milk b) homogenized milk and c) 2% cream. Skim is light-bodied, homogenized is medium-bodied and 2% cream is full-bodied.
BigDescribes a wine that tastes heavy and full bodied.
InbibeTo drink alcohol

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2 Comments on “ Wine “Glassary” ”

  1. Sandra Lalonde June 13, 2012 at 7:42 am

    What is an F pack?

  2. Craig June 13, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    The F-Pack is added during the clarifying process and adds the sweetness to the wine. In the case of your Pomegranate Fruit wine it also adds the fruit flavour. Great question and thank you for asking.

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