What do legs, barnyard, body, wet dog, dry and bouquet all have in common? They can all be found in a dictionary..... and are also used to describe wine. Learn some of the wine lingo now so you don't have to nod in clueless agreement at your next wine tasting.
AROMA | Specific scents you can pick up after sniffing a glass of wine, such as peach, cherry, or blackberry. The aroma depends heavily on the grapes used.
DRY | Not sweet, sometimes on champagne and sparkling wine bottles you will see the word "brut" it means the same thing.
VINTAGE | The year the grapes were harvested. As in "2006 was a great vintage."
TANNINS | Astringency, If you have ever steeped tea too long you know what tannins are.
BALANCE | The overall unity of the flavors.
ACIDITY | Tartness, think lemon, lime, grapefruit, blueberries and cranberries.
BARNYARD | A wine that smells like farmyard animals.
EARTHY | A wine that has a distinct dirt like taste.
APPELLATION | A geographic region where grapes are grown.
BODY | The fullness, density, or weight of a wine in your mouth.
BOUQUET | The overall smell of the wine, usually reserved for older wines that have been aged in oak barrels.
LEGS | The streaks that a wine leaves after swirling it around in your glass. Lighter-bodied wines will have thinner legs that dissipate quickly, while full-bodied wines cling to the inside of the glass.
WET DOG | An aroma is commonly associated with wine that is corked (aka TCA taint).
TERROIR | Is how a particular region’s climate, soils and aspect (terrain) affect the taste of wine. Some regions are said to have more ‘terroir’ than others.