Wine tasting can be an intimidating experience, especially for those new to the world of wine. With so many industry terms and jargon thrown around, it can be challenging to understand what's being said or to articulate what you're experiencing in the glass. That's why we've compiled a list of wine-tasting terms worth knowing.
But before we dive into the list, let me introduce myself. My name is Gregg McPherson, and I'm WSET certified with over a decade of experience in the wine industry. I've traveled the world, visited countless wineries, and tasted thousands of wines. Through my experiences, I've learned that wine tasting is both an art and a science, and describing what you're tasting is essential to fully appreciate the wine in your glass.
That's where this list comes in. We've compiled the most commonly used wine-tasting terms in order of frequency to help those new to wine understand the industry jargon. Whether you're just starting to explore wine or want to deepen your knowledge, these terms will assist you in better understanding the nuances of the wine you're tasting. So, grab a glass of your favorite wine, and let's start!
A naturally occurring compound in grape skins, seeds, and stems imparts a drying, puckering sensation in the mouth. Tannins are more prominent in red wines.
Acidity in wine provides a tart and refreshing taste. It helps balance sweetness and adds structure. Wines with high acidity include Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling.
Describes the weight and texture of wine in the mouth. Wine can be light-bodied, medium-bodied, or full-bodied. Chardonnay is often considered full-bodied, while Pinot Noir is medium-bodied.