Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Wine Words to Make You Sound Smart

We all have that ONE friend who is a self-appointed sommelier and wants to make sure that everyone knows that they really know their wine. I’m not ashamed to admit that I am often that person within my circle of friends. I try not to be obnoxious about it but I’m sure it never happens.

But – we all also want to fit in, right? Just think how impressed your friends would be at your next gathering if you were to professionally swirl your glass of wine, sniff it and then rattle off a sentence full of really smart sounding wine words. You’ll be the hit of the party!

The smell of the grapes that are in a wine. You get the aroma when you sniff the wine in your glass. This is also called the “nose”. You just got a two-for-one here. You’re welcome.

A word used to describe the lingering flavor of a wine after you taste it. This is considered the most important way to determine the quality of a wine. Some people also say “aftertaste” but let’s be honest, that’s kind of a gross word and “finish” sounds way more high class.

This is the process of allowing a wine to breathe and is mostly required for younger wines. It allows the flavors of the wine to open up (aka – it will taste better). If you want to get really fancy, get yourself a decanter and teach your partygoers a lesson about aeration.

This is the substance found in wine that causes you to pucker and are derived from all different parts of the grape vine and the fruit itself. Most of the time a wine that is high in tannins will be dry.

These are the drops of wine that form on the inside of your wine glass after you swirl it around. Some wines will “stick” to the glass and form lines (or legs). Wines that are higher in alcohol content and/or sugar will have more legs than wines that are less sweet or lower in alcohol content. Swirl that wine and say “check out the legs on this beauty”. You’ll sound SO smart. Just make sure they know you are referring to the wine in your glass and not your friend’s wife.

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