How to talk about wine
Wine drinking is easy. Wine tasting, however, can be a little intimidating – there’s the sniffing and the swirling and, most of all, the strange words and tortured similies that you apparently have to understand to be able to talk about wine.
However, once you’ve had an introduction into what people are actually talking about when they describe a wine, it’s so much easier to guess what they mean when they describe what they’ve just sipped as, ”a dense, brambly nose which threatens violence, brooding but with a feminine side”.
Below is a short glossary of common wine descriptors and what they really mean. Familiarity with the terms below will allow you to “talk” wine like a pro or at least translate the occasional gibberish of experts at dinner parties or in magazines.
- Cerebral – Not immediately appealing, or, actually, not terribly pleasant at all.
- Delicate – Thin. Don’t drink it with a curry.
- Elegant – A more expensive way of saying “delicate”.
- Floral – See “Perfumed”.
- Mineral – Smells like a kettle that needs de-scaling.
- Perfumed – See “Floral”.
- Pretty – The wine equivalent of describing a house as “quaint”.
- Serious – Scary, one glass only.
- Surprisingly good – Surprisingly cheap.
- Vegetal – Tastes like a compost heap, jogger’s socks or pile of horse dung.
Like to just taste lots of great wines – no special vocabulary required?
Come along to the Honest Grapes Big Day Out at TestBed1 on Sunday November 2, from 2pm – 8pm. We’ll have 50 great wines available for tasting, as well as food, kid’s activities and advice from experts who can give you advice about wine in plain English.
You can find more details and buy tickets at www.honestgrapes.co.uk/bigdayout.