Wine words are an important part of tasting wine. Understanding the words that are used to describe wines can help you make better decisions about which wine you should try and which wines you want to avoid.
Astringent: Astringent wines can have a sharp, bitter taste. This is usually due to the tannins that are extracted from the grape skin and seeds during red wine fermentation.
Buttery: Buttery wine is low in acidity and has a creamy mouthfeel. This is a common characteristic of red wines aged in oak barrels.
Dense: Wines with dense concentration are packed full of flavors and aromas making them deep in flavor. This is a positive quality.
Complexity: The more aromas, flavors and nuances you can decipher the more complex the wine will be. This is a positive quality for most wines, especially those with higher levels of complexity.
Light-Bodied: A light-bodied wine is usually delicate, subtle, lean or racy in the mouth. This type of wine has less alcohol, fewer tannins, and lower acidity than most other types.
A Beginner’s Guide to Understanding Wine Terminology
Full-Bodied: A full-bodied wine has high levels of alcohol, tannins and can be dark in color. This is a popular category of wine to drink.
Peer Group: A peer group is a set of wineries that have similar taste preferences, styles and prices. These peer groups are generally based on an appellation, producer or vintage.
A vinophile is a wine lover, plain and simple. They are passionate about wine and want to enjoy it with friends and family.