Customer Take Over Version: Tannin

So, this one comes from our customer Bill Carroll: “I’d love a better understanding of tannins and how they effect (sic) the overall taste and enjoyment of certain wines.” Away we go! Wine Term: Tannin Variations: Grip, Grippy, Grab Alternate Usages: Unfiltered, sediment, solids What it really means:…

Customer Take Over Version: Jammy

Our customer Pete Hovde inquired: “I have seen some wines described as “jammy”. Is that considered a good or bad characteristic?” Well, here we go… Wine Term: Jammy Variations: Fuited, Fruit-forward, Juicy Alternate Usages: n/a What it really means: A wine with lots of fruit smells, generally sweet…

Forest Floor

Wine Term: Forest Floor Variations: Underbrush, Sous Bois Alternate Usages: n/a What it really means: Wet Earth/Dirt Fragrance Anyone who has spent time in the great outdoors, especially in a forest, knows that unique fragrance of the morning dew on the top soil of the forest floor.  As…

Structure

Wine Term: Structure Variations: n/a Alternate Usages: n/a What it really means: How’s the wine? Structure is a catch-all to describe the tannin, acidity, alcohol, body, and sweetness.  Basically, how’s the wine?  Is it big and bold?  Light and effervescent?  Rich, yet dry?  Utilizing the structure lets you…

Finish

Wine Term: Finish Variations: Exit, Resonates, Waves, Length Alternate Usages: Finish of, exits with, resonant waves of, resonates with, with great length What it really means: The aftertaste of the wine Ok, never good to say the wine has a banana “aftertaste” – it sounds so much more…

Palate

Wine Term: Palate Variations: Entry, Flavor, Flavour, Hint, Invokes Alternate Usages: On the palate, redolent with, on the entry, upon entry, with flavors of, detecting hints of, invokes flavors of What it really means: How the wine tastes Ah!  The moment of truth!  It took forever for your…

Bordeaux

Wine Term: Bordeaux Variations: Bordeaux Blend, Bordeaux-style Blend, Right Bank Blend, Left Bank Blend, Meritage, Claret Usage: Do you have any [insert any of the above]? What it really means: A red wine blend, generally dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot, made from the grapes of Bordeaux First…

Pours

Wine Term: Pours Variations: Color, Colour, Rim, Core Alternate Usages: The wine pours, out of the bottle, in the glass, rim of, core of What it really means: The way the wine looks in a wine glass Is it clear, cloudy, bubbly, red, white, pink?  Is it thin…

Nose

Wine Term: Nose Variations: Bouquet, Aroma Alternate Usages: On the nose, aromatics of, hints of, bouquet of, notes of What it really means: The smell While you’re correct that a wine “smells” a certain way, you’ll never want to say it that way, it is just uncivilized.  Quickest…