The Bizarre World Of Wine Lingo

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.


As the weather warms up it seems the invitations to various soirees seem to warm up too. No one likes to arrive to a party empty handed so we have put together a gift guide of some of our favorite items. Your hostess will surely be thrilled with any of these gifts.

  1. Every woman loves flowers, especially a unique bouquet that smells sweet! Image via.
  2. Vino never let any body down... A Sauvignon blanc is a safe bet or our crisp Rosé for these warmer months.
  3. These kitchen towels are hand woven on ancient looms and feel heavenly soft yet are incredibly durable. Find them at Mungo
  4. Exotic tea blends are gaining popularity and are a fun gift. Find this soft wild berry blend at The Tea Merchant .
  5. Our favorite ceramicist Sue Weston makes beautiful pieces with unique glazes, our kitchen is full of her pottery. Perhaps a pitcher or a large salad bowl, extra points if you make a salad to share!
  6. Kinfolk knows how to host the perfect lunch, dinner party, high tea and even a crafty workshop. This book is full of incredible recipes and inspiration for how to be the best host & hostess ever.
  7. This homemade jam recipe is delicious and put in a nice jar with a pretty label will make it an extremely thoughtful gift. 
  8. A black cheese board to make those special cheeses pop, gift this to the hostess who's meals are just as visually beautiful as the food is delicious. 


The Life of a Grape

The humble little grape does not get the attention it deserves when we are sipping on our wine reveling the woodsy this or the floral that. But none of it would be possible without the grape. Here is a wonderful info-graphic to pay tribute to the lifespan of the grape and everything it has to go through to end up in your glass of wine! 

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Image via the Vinepair.


Spring is here which is making us smile and celebrate with our favorite spring drink, our delicious Rose. Here is a gorgeous and simple recipe that pairs perfectly with Rose. EnjoY!

 Prep Time: 10 minutes                                                                                                                                                          Cook Time: 15 minutes                                                                                                                                                     Total Time: 25 minutes                                                                                                                                                              Yield: Serves 2


Lemon Garlic Asparagus:
Garlic-Lemon Salmon:

1 bunch asparagus, trimmed
1 tablespoon salted butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
zest of 1 lemon
sea salt and cracked black pepper to taste
1-1/2 tablespoons salted butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 1-pound salmon fillet
2 cloves garlic
½ lemon, juiced (about 2 tablespoons)
Sea salt to taste


Prepare the asparagus:

  1. Heat olive oil and butter in a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add the asparagus and cook, stirring occasionally for 3 minutes. Add the garlic and lemon zest and continue cooking another 2 to 5 minutes, depending on your desired level of done-ness (I like my asparagus al dente). Sprinkle with sea salt and cracked black pepper to taste.

Prepare the salmon:

  1. Heat a medium-sized non-stick skillet to medium-high and add the butter and olive oil. Sprinkle the salmon fillet with sea salt and place on the hot skillet, skin-side up. Cook for 4 to 6 minutes (depending on thickness of fish), and carefully flip to the other side. Cook 3 minutes, add the garlic and lemon juice and cook another 2 to 3 minutes, until salmon is cooked through but still moist.

Recipe and image via The Roasted Root.

Hangover Cure

Opps did you have a little too much vino last night or celebrate something big and let your hair down? That is okay, it happens to the best of us! Here are some natural tips to help your pounding head and queasy stomach.

  1. Hydrate hydrate hydrate, water is your best friend and if you can remember, drink 2 glasses before you go to bed, your hangover will be less severe in the morning.
  2. Have a hot soak in the tub with a mustard bath, this helps pull the alcohol and toxins from the body.
  3. Charcoal is very effective at drawing toxins and poisons from the gut, take 3 capsules with a big glass of water upon waking up.
  4. Warning, this is for the brave only! Wheatgrass will detox your liver like nothing else and very quickly. If you take a shot, make sure to drink water after so you don't get nauseous from the toxins being flushed from the liver.
  5. Sweat sweat sweat it out! Hit the sauna for 30 minutes to sweat every last drop of last nights booze from your pores. 
  6. Re balance your electrolytes from all the sweating and detoxing you have been doing to repair your poor self. Coconut water is the queen for this and does not have all the synthetics that re-hydrant waters have.