Everything you think about tannins is probably wrong, but it’s not your fault. Tannins are complicated little bastards, and the wine world has turned them into one of the least-understood aspects of wine drinking. Technically, tannins are an evolutionary healing and defense mechanism. They break down proteins in plant life, which dissuades grazing herbivores and […]
Tannins are a compound in wine that gives it that acerbic, mouth-drying quality. When we talk about strong tannins, some of the first wines that come to mind are powerful Cabernets, bold Northern Rhone Syrahs, and bold Nebbiolo-based reds from Piedmont. But tannins aren’t always robust and in your face; they can be supple and […]
Piedmont is best known for Nebbiolo, the famous grape that goes into Barolo and Barbaresco. But Barbera has been making a name for itself for quite some time as a grape just as worthy of your attention. You might not age Barbera for decades like you would a fine Nebbiolo, but you’d be hard-pressed to find […]
Tannins can be a confusing concept to understand. Simply put, they’re the compound found in wine that dries your mouth out, but they’re so much more than that.