Lees

Wine Term: Lees Another departure from our general format for these Wine: Simplified posts.  Sorry, we’ve given enough wine speak insight to get you some free pours at the tasting room or make some new friends with the staff (which generally also results in free pours).  Now we’re…

Field Blend

Wine Term: Field Blend We’ll go about this one in a different manner than usual as ‘Field Blend’ is very specific.  To call it a red or white blend doesn’t do the wine justice, so there aren’t really any different terms associated with it that describe it so…

Beefy

Wine Term: Beefy Variations: Brawny, Muscular, Chewy What it really means: The wine will punch you in the face, not say “sorry,” then proceed to walk away casually as though nothing happened. Sounds aggressive, right?  Well it is!  A beefy wine has no time for elegance or finesse. …

Cloying

Wine Term: Cloying Variations: Sweet, Flabby What it really means: The wine is noticeably sweet, to a fault. The wine is sweet.  Destructively so.  It’s flabby, unidimensional, and well…cloying. Nothing good comes from this description of a wine, it’s a fault, even if the winemaker intended to make…

Angular

Wine Term: Angular Variations: Lean, Thin What it really means: the wine shoots straight through the center of the palate to the back of the mouth, generally the finish feels centered as well. This is the opposite of a round, smooth, or fleshy wine.  Painting in broad strokes:…

Appellation

Wine Term: Appellation Variations: Viticultural Area, Wine Growing Region, Region Alternate Usages: AVA, AOC, DO, DOC, QbA, DVA What it really means: Where is the wine from? You never want to say, “What city is the wine from?” – that just sounds uninformed.  It is best to ask,…

Customer Take Over Version: Knit

If you’ve ever been verbally accosted by a Sommelier at a restaurant or Wine shop/bar, you’ve probably heard them throw out something about a wine being “open-knit” or “tightly-wound” – but what does that actually mean?  Our Customer (and fan of Jessica) Danielle P. asked that exact question:…

Customer Take Over Version: Minerality

Our customer Andrew writes: “I really want to understand what “minerality” means when applied to wine. Does “exhibits minerality” = “not fruity” or what? Thanks.” Aaaaaand away we go! Wine Term: Minerality Variations: Flint, Wet Stones, Gun Flint, Flinty, Pebbles, River Stones, Slate Alternate Usages: Dry, Austere, Chalky…