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Wine Tasting Vocabulary

Wine Tasting Vocabulary

Dopo la nostra gita a San Gimignano presso l'Azienda Agricola Palagetto (il racconto fotografico qui), abbiamo preparato una breve lista di parole e espressioni per parlare di vino in inglese. Enjoy!

Structure of wine.

ACIDITY
and derivates, such as ACID o ACIDIC

In italian "acidità", it's what makes wine refreshing.


BALANCE
and derivates, such as BALANCED

In italian "equilibrio". A good wine is well balanced: it means that all its main components - acid, alcohol, sugars and tannins - are equal.


TANNIN

It is derived from grape skins and seeds. It acts as a natural preservative that helps the wine age.


BODY

Well, you know the general meaning of the word "body". Related to wine, it's simply the structure of the wine, which could be light-bodied, medium-bodied or full-bodied.

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Color of wine.

A white wine could be:
pale yellow, pale green, golden

A red wine could be:
bright red, dark red, purple, ruby red

It could be also
DIRTY

in italian "sporco", as a result of poor winemaking usually by bad barrels or corks.

Aroma and taste of wine.

FRUIT-FORWARD

To describe the dominant notes of fruit in the nose and mouth. Wine could smell and taste like fresh strawberries, raspberry jam, baked apples, blueberry, prune, and many other fruits.


EARTHY

To describe odors or flavors reminiscent of damp soil, forest floor, mushrooms, or wet leaves.


SAVORY

A wine with less dominant fruit characteristics. It smells and tastes like olives, dried herbs, leather, or tobacco.

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Equipment used to make wine.

BARREL = botte
COOPERAGE = bottaia
WINE PRESS = pressa
TANK = cisterna

 

 


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