We love wine. We drink wine. However, we rarely find ourselves talking about wine. What is it about discussing wine that makes us feel so intimidated? Could it be the hundreds of vocabulary words used to converse about the topic that we are clueless to that make us feel inferior?
We’ve all seen it before: sprawled across the back of a wine label, written in a tasting note online, or heard it uttered from the mouth of a sommelier at a restaurant. The term “well-balanced” seems to be thrown around like crazy in the wine world, but what exactly does it mean? We’re here to […]
You’ve probably heard the word “crisp” uttered by the puckered lips of one of your wino friends, but what actually is a crisp wine and what makes it crisp in the first place? Let us demystify this often-used, confusing term. The word ”crisp” is exclusively used to describe white wines and is a reference to […]
Every now and then you’ll see a Samuel Adams ad during a sporting event, and Lagunitas sponsors This American Life, but other than that, high-class breweries tend not to do much mainstream advertising.
You often hear the term ”acidity” or ”acid” on the puckered lips of your wine guzzling friends, but what does it actually mean and why are acidity driven wines suddenly all the rage? Acidity is defined as that pucker or bright bite you experience on your palate, reminiscent of a fresh squeeze of lemon – […]
First, divest yourself of the temptation to pronounce it “Mary-Taj.” It’s pronounced like “heritage.” Yeah, that goes against the forced grown-up pronunciation boot camp we’ve all been through (Bach, Neufchatel, fiscal insolvency). But the reason it’s pronounced that way has a lot to do with its meaning. See, meritage is basically a made-up word. And […]
Wine vocabulary can often seem like a foreign language, making ordering a bottle at a restaurant or buying one at the store a very confusing ordeal. But it doesn’t have to be. In this short video we teach you the meaning of six of the most common wine terms, including how to use each in […]
Wine vocabulary can be incredibly confusing, both to consumers and to wine professionals. One of the main reasons for this is a misunderstanding of the definitions of many of these words. We often use wine vocabulary according to the way we use these same words in every day life, but when it comes to wine, those words […]
What seems important on a wine label can vary drastically, depending on where the wine is from, if it’s a varietal, whether the winemaker is going for aesthetic or information—or just straight up girl power shock value. Good news for you: there’s really only a handful of essential things you need to know on any […]