SAY WHAT?! WINE JARGON EXPLAINED

You don’t have to be a wine wanker to enjoy or appreciate wine nor should you have to be. We’ve broken down some wine terms that will be sure to impress your friends.

QUAFFING, QUAFFABLE

Am I missing the joke? A description used for a wine that is not overly complex but one you will quite enjoy “quaffing” on a weeknight with your pasta. Not the wine you would order at a fancy restaurant accompanied by a fillet mignon. When a wine is quaffable think, easy to drink, simple aromas and flavours, not overpowering, usually not too pricey either.

BOUQUET

We’re not talking about a bunch of flowers. We are describing those lovely aromas that evolve during Post-Fermentation. Aromas that occur from age in a wine barrel or bottle, therefore, usually not apparent in younger wines.

Below, we go into detail about one particular characteristic we’re sure you’ve heard of before. 

OAKED

You said, “tastes woody,” everyone in the cellar door turned around and looked at you. Well, you’re actually right a wine will have "woody" characteristics but in the wine world the correct way to pronounce this is oaked or wooded.  Wines that have been stored in oak barrels will pick up characteristics that exude caramel, vanilla, burnt butter, toastiness and charred aromas. Strength will depend on the length of time it has spent in the barrel and what type of oak used, French or American.

FLABBY

Summer bodies are made in winter. Good wines are made from good grapes. Some wines just lack acidity and bite. This is not a good descriptor so therefore, a wine not worth drinking.

LEGS

“Check out the legs on this one!” This is referring to the long drips that hang on the glass once that vino has been swirled. It is a representation of ethanol present in the wine. So, the longer the legs, the higher the presence of alcohol.

PALATE

This is one to use to really blow their socks off! How is that wine making your mouth feel? We’re talking about your soft and hard palate here. Does it dance or glide across your tongue? Has it left a bitter taste? Or a crisp finish that keeps you coming back for more.

Remember, what you taste and smell is unique to you. How you describe a wine is never wrong, it all depends on the individual.