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Jargon: Uncorking the difficult terminology of the wine trade

Welcome to a different episode of Jargon, the present from Digital Tendencies that deciphers the advanced jargon of assorted industries into phrases and ideas the remainder of us perceive. We’re dwell every week on Tuesdays with a distinct set of jargon from a brand new trade.

On this episode, host Myq Kaplan makes an attempt to drink in some wine information with Dustin Wilson, grasp sommelier, who spills the tea (spills the rosé?) on the oft-confusing jargon of the wine trade. From physique to bouquet, from tannins to terroir, from Cabernet to coolers, we’ve bought you coated.

Jargon mentioned on this episode:

Physique – The physique of a wine has nothing to do with its style, however the best way the wine clings (or doesn’t) to the facet of the wine glass, and “what it seems like — the load, texture,” Wilson notes. The physique of wine is commonly described as “full” or “mild.”
Bouquet – Wilson readily admits he doesn’t take care of the time period “bouquet.”  “It’s type of a snooty phrase,” he says, “however it’s referring to aroma.” Wines often have a medley of aromas that construct its bouquet, and Wilson suggests listening to all of the completely different smells you encounter at a spot like a grocery retailer — the spices, the fruits — to assist develop a superb sense of odor to assist parse the bouquets of the wines you select.
Viscosity – When utilizing the time period viscosity, “we’re taking a look at how thick the wine is, which is often an element of the alcohol or sugar” within the wine, says Wilson.
Tannins – Often discovered extra in purple wine, tannins are “naturally present in grape skins and oak barrels,” says Wilson.  “If you drink a purple wine and it dries your mouth out, that’s tannins.”
Terroir – Whereas it’s troublesome to discover a one-to-one translation, “’Terroir’ is a French phrase which means ‘all the things surrounding the vine,’” says Wilson.  “It’s not simply the soil, however the climate, slope, cool air that is perhaps blowing, or a river that has some kind of affect.” All of that performs collectively to type the terroir of a person wine. Terroir will be described broadly, as in a area, or all the way down to very particular locations, reminiscent of a sure plot inside a winery.

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