Bibbidi Bobbidi Booze: Your Guide to Wine Terminology

April 2, 2019

If you’re a wine connoisseur, you probably know wine terminology like the back of your hand. But if you’re a novice who’s acquainting yourself with the intricacies of wine, this guide will come in handy.

 

Have you faced embarrassment while ordering wine at a dinner date? It’s easy to get bogged down by all the jargon about wines that’s thrown at you by the waiter. If you have little to no knowledge about the tastes, kinds, and varieties of wines, it’s highly likely that all of it sounded like gibberish to you.

While it may be just a burgundy-colored drink in a glass for you, for real wine-lovers, it’s a passion!

In order to develop a distinct taste for certain kinds of wines, you need to intimate yourself with a variety of brands.

Wine tasting can be an overwhelming experience at first. The diction used to describe its subtle variations needs to measure up to the exquisiteness of the drink. This is why we’ve compiled a list of wine terminology to help you out.

 

Acid

Have you noticed that wine leaves a strong aftertaste that lingers on your tongue long after you’ve gulped down a sip? That’s because of its acidity. This brings out the unique flavor of a wine. Lactic acid, citric acid, malic acid, and tartaric acid constitute the acidity of a particular wine.

 

Aftertaste

This describes the flavor that stays on the palate after drinking some wine. The aftertaste largely depends on the parts of your tongue that the sip crossed over. The sides of your tongue make up the salty region, whereas closer to the tip lies the sweet region. The sour region is towards the back and the bitter region is the farthest part of the tongue.

 

Balance

As the name suggests, this refers to the blending of different flavors in a drink. The better the different parts of the wine blend together, the better the balance.

 

Body

The body covers the overall experience a wine offers. The residual sugars in a wine that constitute the fullness of the drink