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Wine language

Wine tasting and winemaking has its own language. Here’s your inside guide to the jargon.

Here's a categorisation of some of the tasting terms I use most commonly for smells and flavours (you may have noticed that I have a somewhat limited wine vocabulary). I've put them into groups but their real use, I hope, is as a possible help in blind tasting (if a mature red wine smells strongly. More...
The following alphabetical list is a guide to the words most commonly used by us professionals (often with a blithe lack of precision) in connection with both tastings and the dimensions of wine. Note how many different terms describe acidity and tannin, some of them complimentary, others. More...
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