Balance happens when all the components of the wine – acidity alcohol, tannins fruit – are mixed together to achieve a harmonious, well rounded wine. It’s a huge treat to drink well-balanced wines. Ask yourself if any one component is dominating a wine. A balance between fruit and acidity is what you are looking for.
A big wine is one with intense flavor. This can mean either massive fruit flavors or that it has big tannins (high alcohol content). When you take a sip, the taste takes over all corners of your mouth.
Sparkling wines and Champagnes are categorized as Extra Brut, Brut, Extra dry Sec or Demi-sec depending on their sugar levels. Extra Brut sparkling wine has the least amount of sugar, followed by Brut, Extra dry, and Demi-sec having the most sugar. These classifications can be somewhat confusing, since Brut actually means “dry” in French, but the classification of an Extra dry sparkling wine actually has more sugar than an Extra Brut sparkling wine. Brut is the most common style of bubbly offering a typically crisp dry palate taste.
Baked wine refers to the certain fruit qualities of the wine such as baked apples or a berry crumble.
The impression of the liquid’s weight or thickness on your palate. A wine’s body is usually described as light, medium, or full-bodied.
Fresh ripe, zesty, lively young wines with vivid, focused flavors. Bright wines are ones with a big pop of energy in their taste. They have more acidity and the flavors really come alive in your mouth.
A wine’s bouquet means something different than its aroma. The term “aroma” refers to the scents presented by the wine’s grape – like the scent of peach for a Riesling, or strawberry for a Pinot Noir. The term “bouquet” is used to talk about scents that emerge from the winemaking winemaking process. For example, scents of vanilla and spice from a wine that has been aged in oak
A block describes the different plots of land on a vineyard used to separate different grape varieties, variations in growing conditions, or both.
Most people define boutique wine as “small production”, “artisanal” or even “cult”. Boutique is a subjective term. For some, it could mean a wine production of only a couple hundred cases, and for others, a couple thousand. For us, it means unique, expertly curated, small-lot wines that you are definitely not going to find at your average grocery store.
Brix is a scale of measurement used to determine the amount of sugar in wine. It’s a key indicator of when to pick the grapes. It can be measured using a refractometer.