Ever wonder what the terms used in wine tasting notes actually mean? Can knowing Wine slang actually help you make better buying decisions or is it just a sugar coated marketing ploy? Read on for our take on 6 Tantalizing Wine Terms & Definitions!
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If you ask us, wine is about connection and celebration. We gather and toast accomplishments, unwind from long days with close friends and gift it to show our gratitude for the ones we love. But hold up, then why is it wine is also associated with pretentious behavior and an elitist attitude? One of the big problems we see is wine language.
In our effort to keep wine a pleasurable experience for all, we bring you a breakdown of common wine slang starting the series with a free glossary of terms to help you navigate the basics of tasting wine. Ok, time to breakdown the BS!
Wine’s sweetness comes from residual sugar (RS) that stays in the wine after the alcohol is created during fermentation. Typically, sugar is not added to wine to make it sweeter. There can be any level of sugar remaining from bone-dry (dry meaning no sugar) to super sweet.
Acidity is what makes lemons sour and your mouth water, but it’s also what makes wines racy, vibrant and refreshing! The acids in the grapes determine the level of acidity you detect in the wine. It’s presence is necessary to balance the overall taste, especially of sweet wines.
Tannins are found in red wines and come mostly from the skins of red wine grapes. You have to think of tannins as more of a feeling than a flavor. High tannins can feel mouth-drying or gritty and can create a bitter sensation in the back of your mouth. Wines that are high in tannins are also usually served with food. Softer tannins can give richness and body to the wine.
Higher alcohol wine will have more of a “burn” as it goes over the back of your tongue. We refer to this feel as a wine being HOT! Sweeter wines (more residual sugar) tend to have lower alcohol content.
A wine is considered well-balanced when all of these characteristics are in harmony and do not overpower each other. It may be the last on our list, but this feeling is exactly what we seek when we are tasting wine!
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What do Valentine’s Day, food, wine and ESSENCE Magazine have in common? They’re some of our favorite things! For those of you who didn’t catch our feature in the February issue of ESSENCE Magazine, here are our food and wine pairings for you and that special someone this Valentine's Day and beyond.
Seduce your special someone -or enhance your own palate- with perfectly golden fried chicken. Add a glass of sparkling wine. The saltiness of the food harmoniously accentuates the fruit flavors of the champagne.
Research suggests that the rich amino acids in shellfish like oysters can have a lingering effect on your libido. Pair your oysters on ice with an eco.love chilled Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand. This style of wine is bursting with passion-fruit, nectarine and citrus flavors, while also being a dry wine - not a lot of sugar.
Some scholars believe the forbidden fruit Eve gave to Adam was actually a sweet, pulpy fig. Try this succulent treat with an eco.love off-dry Riesling for a nice balance of peaches, florals, ginger, honey, a touch of sugar and great citrus flavors that keep you asking for more!
The Aztecs were believed to be one of the first to use cocoa beans to increase sexual desire. To turn up the heat, combine chocolate-covered strawberries, pineapple or bananas with a sweet wine, like a Port Wine or a Moscato.
*Article as seen in Essence Magazine
Does expensive mean better? I heard that sweet wines are for rookies? With so many common misconceptions going around, it’s hard to decipher between fact and fiction these days. Because unquestioned truths can hinder a person from exploring a world of new wines, let’s take a moment to debunk some of these ridiculous myths.
1. Starting with; Blended Wines Are Not As Good As Non-Blended Wines. Well, we can certainly tell you first-hand that this one is definitely a myth. Sure the obvious choice for most people is to go with a single grape wine, but there are Blends that are just as exciting. Some people prefer a mix of their favorite wines as opposed to drinking one on its own. Blends are definitely worth exploring. Try our Truvée Red Blend, a mixture of Grenache, Syrah, Merlot and Zinfandel, and see just what we mean.
2. Another common misconception is that Expensive Wines Are Better Wines. Truth is, the price of wine is influenced by many factors other than quality, such as location, image, supply and demand, just to name a few. Besides, everyone has a different palate, so go for what YOU like.
3. Sweet Wines Are For Beginners, Not Educated Palates. Actually, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Some of the greatest wines in the world are sweet, flavorful and ageworthy, and appeal to a large majority of seasoned drinkers.
4. Did you know that Only Red Wine Has Health Benefits? No? Good, because this one isn’t true either. Although red wine does have more health benefits, mainly due to the antioxidants and phytochemicals in the grape skins, both red and white wines are linked to a decrease in heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
5. You should always Serve Red Wine at Room Temperature. Well, this really depends on what room temperature is. Most red wine is best served between 57-65ºF (14-18°C) depending on grape variety.
6. And the last misconception on our list is that Wine Sealed With a Cork Is Better than wine sealed with a screw cap. Actually, screwcapped wines age just as well as corked wines, but the reason so many wineries have yet to make the transition is simply because they’re concerned with their wine being perceived as cheap.
Missed any myths you’d like to debunk? Let us know … Sound off.
Robin + Andrea