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Basic Wine Tasting Terminology

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

The wine tasting society is full of strange terms, like tannin, modernized, p

onderous and even cloying. No matter how strange the words seem to you, in order to properly communicate with a group of wine tasters, you have to have an elementary understanding of the terms.

Let's take a look at some of the phrases found in the wine tasting society. A few you might be aware of, others may be bizarre to you, however, keep your mind open as a few of the descriptions may just surprise you.

Acidity - Used to describe a tart or sour flavor when the total acidity within a wine is very high. Usual acid content of either lactic acid, citric acid or malic acid should really be about 0.6 and 0.7 percent of the total amount. Everything above this is normally termed as "acidic."

Ascescence - This particular expression can be used to explain the vinegar-like flavor within the mouth, with a moderate twinge on the nose. This can be because of the presence of acetic acid and ethyl acetate.

Austere - This can be one way to explain the dry, acidic wines which are short and empty in body and flavor. This term is also used to describe a wine that's created using young grapes, grown in chillier environments, giving the wine a sharp pinch inside the cheeks.

Big - This term is used to describe the rich, full flavor of a wine; the entire body and taste of a wine. Red wines are usually big in tannin, whilst white wines ordinarily have a larger alcohol content. Of course, "big" is supposed to be within a context, as an example, some wines are considered to be more elegant than big.

Buttery - A creamy consistency, frequently present in extremely good white wines, for example Chardonnay. It is a full mouth, thicker feeling as the wine is inside the palate area.

Finish - The aftertaste, or period of time the tastes linger within your mouth. A wonderful finish can last anywhere from 15 to 40 seconds. Anything less than that is regarded as standard, or if under 8 seconds, a poor finish.

Flinty - Literally signifies rock-like flavor. This is a smoky, dark flavor which might be a little bit concealed behind the floral bouquets of the wine, said to be much like if you really licked a flint rock.

Green - This term describes a wine made with under-ripe grapes. It can be significant in dealing with colors, such as Rieslings, that have a greenish color suggesting a young wine.

Hollow - Wines have dimensions. A hollow wine is one that's missing a mid-palate taste. These wines usually have a robust attack and finish, but are lacking in flavor within the mouth as well as on the tongue.

Nose - The nose of the wine is the aroma produced. A balanced nose is one which doesn't strike the taster as possessing too much of any one element.

Tannin - This is the pucker factor of wines. An astringent flavor, naturally occurring in grape skins, seeds and stems. It is responsible for the sour element in wines and acts as a preservative to aid in appropriate aging of the wine.

Wine terminology is an entertaining world to exist in for wine tasters, together with the usual wine lovers. It really is packed with terms which range from chalky to burnt rubber. In the event you rub elbows with any number of wine tasters for enough time, you'll surely become familiar with these terms and even enjoy throwing a few phrases out yourself!



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