wine terms

What Does Cuvée Mean?

What Does Cuvée Mean?

In its literal translation, “cuvée” means “tank” in French. If you remember your high school French (and we’re pretty sure it was offered for wine-related purposes), the term “cuvée” would mean something like “tanked,” or having come from a tank. That’s why at least one meaning of the term “cuvée” refers to a particular batch […]

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What Is Chaptalization?

What Is Chaptalization?

Among the sophisticated wine terms we know, and are thus no longer intimidated by are words like cremant, lees, malolactic fermentation, white wine “farts” (OK, that one we’re still a bit intimidated by). We figure we must be close to the end of the freaky wine terms list by now, right? Alas, far from it. […]

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What Is “Shatter” In A Vineyard?

What Is “Shatter” In A Vineyard?

Shatter is one of those wine terms that doesn’t sound at all like what it actually means. In the context of a vineyard, anyway, “shatter” sounds like some kind of sub-zero grape catastrophe. (We’re imagining picking up shards of Chardonnay.) In the context of a vineyard, “shatter” refers to the phenomenon wherein a grape cluster […]

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Blancs de Noirs vs Blanc de Blancs – Explaining The Difference

Blancs de Noirs vs Blanc de Blancs – Explaining The Difference

It’s the season of bubbly, for wine drinkers among us anyway (for others, it’s the season of unapologetically creamy hedonism, AKA ‘nog time). But for those out there poppin’ bottles this December and January (and why not February, February’s a little depressing and useless), a few questions arise as we do our bubbly buying. Number […]

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