Whether you’re a casual wine drinker or a self-proclaimed aficionado, you have probably heard your fair share of words being tossed around to describe different types of wine.
At Legacy in a Glass, one of the things we’re most passionate about is educating others on all things wine, from the winemaking process to the flavor notes found in different types of wines. For wine lovers looking to brush up on their terminology, we’ve compiled a list of wine terms we feel everyone should know!
Tannins are obtained from the skins, stems, and seeds from the grapes that are used to produce wine. Raw tannin tends to be astringent and bitter, giving wines with high tannins that “kick.” Tannins are typically more dominant in red wines that haven’t had time to soften with age, which is why it is recommended that you allow wine to aerate before drinking.
Complexity in wine-speak refers to a wine that has many different flavors that evolve in your mouth over time. One common misconception about complex wines is that they tend to be on the pricey side due to the need for high-quality grapes in order to achieve a layered effect. However, there are many affordable complex wines on the market- including our very own Moon Tree range!
A “bouquet” in the wine world is similar to a bouquet of flowers- both refer to a collection of aromas. Once a bottle of wine has aged, it will begin to produce a variety of secondary aromas, from spices to nutty scents.
The sediment in wine refers to the tannins and color pigments that fall to the bottom of a glass of wine. This typically happens with wines that have been aging for several years, usually in darker red wines due to the preservatives.
The “body” of a wine refers to how much you feel the weight of a wine when you sip it. Wine bodies are typically characterized as either light, medium, or full. For example, light-bodied wines tend to be delicate and easy to drink, while full-bodied varieties usually have higher alcohol and sweetness levels. This does not guarantee the wine is good, it all depends on the fruit and acidity balance to cushion the alcohol. A good judge for how heavy a wine will taste is to check the alcohol on the label normally in very small print at the bottom front,” says Steve Pollack, Legacy’s National Sales Director. “The higher the alcohol content, the heavier the wine will be. Alcohol is the weight of the wine.”