General Wine Terms

Acidity
Aftertaste
Aging
Alcohol Content
Alcoholic Fermentation
Aperitif
Aroma
Baccus
Balance
Barrel Fermentation
Blush Wine
Body
Botrytis Cinerea
Bouquet
Breathe
Carbonic Maceration
Claret
Cloudy
Color
Cork
Corkscrew
Decant
Dessert Wine
Dionysus
Fermentation
Finish
Fortified Wine
Fruit
Ice Wine
Late Harvest
Lees
Legs
Magnum
Malolactic Fermentation
Marsala
Must
Non-Varietal Wine
Nose
Oak
Oxidized
Palate
Place Name
Port
Punt
Reserve
Rice Wine
Sangria
Sediment
Sherry
Skin
Sparkling Wine
Sulfites
Table Wine
Tank
Tannins
Tears
Terroir
Varietal Wine
Vat
Vermouth
Vin
Vineyard
Vinification
Vino
Wein
Yeast
Tasting Terms

Acrid
Aggressive
Assertive
Astringent
Attractive
Balanced
Big
Bite
Bitter
Buttery
Chewy
Closed
Cloying
Complete
Complex
Concentrated
Cooked
Corked
Crisp
Deep
Delicate
Developed
Diffuse
Dry
Dumb
Earthy
Empty
Faded
Fatigue
Flinty
Fruity
Grapey
Hard
Harsh
Heady
Heavy
Light
Murky
Musty
Oaky
Off
Perfume
Potent
Robust
Round
Sharp
Short
Silky
Simple
Smokey
Smooth
Soft
Solid
Spicy
Steely
Supple
Sweet
Tar
Tart
Thin
Velvety
Vinous
Woody
Young
Zesty

Don't believe what you hear... about wine drinking temperatures! - Knowing the correct wine drinking temperatures


  
  • Optimal Drinking Temperatures for Different Wines:

    • Ports: 66F

    • Full-bodied reds: 60-65F

    • Light reds: 55-60F

    • Suggested Storing Temperature: 55F

    • Rose and Full-bodied whites: 50-55F

    • Light whites: 48F

    • Sweet whites, champagne and iced wines: 40-45F

    • Average Refrigerator: 35F

  • Surely you've heard that red wines should be served at room temperature. But the problem with this rationale is that “room temperature” meant something slightly cooler when the term became associated with drinking wine!

  • And you've also probably heard that white wine should be served chilled. True, but not at the temperature of your refrigerator!

  • To be more accurate, all wine should be served slightly below room temperature. This helps release the wine's natural (and hopefully pleasant!) aromas when it is opened and comes into contact with the air in your room – that is actually room temperature! This is because as wine warms, it starts to vaporize, thus releasing the aroma with it.

  • logabottle hint: Let white wines set out (of the fridge) for 20 minutes, and let red wines to cool (in the fridge) for 20 minutes.

  • If your white wine is fresh out of the fridge, and you don't have the time to let it sit out for 20-30 minutes (or you've cooled your red wine too much), simply hold the cup of the wine glass between your hands. This will quickly augment the temperature.

  • On the flip side, do NOT hold a glass of wine by the cup if it's already at the perfect temperature! Instead, make sure to hold it by the stem, to avoid warming the wine.

  • logabottle hint: Drink cheap wines cold! This will help mask the bad taste J But beware, it'll also mask the good tastes of a better wine!

  • Now that you know, don't be afraid to ask a waiter to chill your red for a bit, or let your white sit for a bit, before you drink it!





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Red Grapes

Barbera
Brunello
Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon
Carignane
Carmenere
Chambourcin
Cinsault
Dolcetto
Durif
Gamay
Grenache
Grignolino
Malbec
Merlot
Montepulciano
Mourvèdre
Nebbiolo
Norton
Petit Sirah
Petit Verdot
Pinot Meunier
Pinot Noir
Pinotage
Pourtgieser
Primitivo
Sangiovese
Schwarzriesling
Syrah, or Shiraz
Tempranillo
Tinta Barroca
Tinta Cao
Tinta Roriz
Touriga Francesa
Touriga Nacional
Zinfandel

Wine Basics

Buying
Storage
Temperature
Bad Wine
New or Old World
Visiting Vineyards

Beyond Basics

Pouilly-Fumé v. Pouilly-Fuissé
German Classifications
South African Wine - Jon's Dissertation

White Grapes

Aligoté
Chardonnay
Chenin Blanc
Columbard
Folle Blanche
Gewuztraminer
Grüner Veltliner
Malvasia
Marsanne
Melon de Bourgogne
Moscofilero
Muller-Thurgau
Muscadelle
Muscat
Palomino
Pedro Ximénez
Pinot Blanc
Pinot Gris
Riesling
Rousanne
Sauvignon Blanc
Scheurebe
Semillon
Sylvaner
Trebbiano
Ugni Blanc
Verdicchio
Viognier
Welschriesling

Regions

Alsace
Beaujolais
Bordeaux
Burgundy
Champagne
Côtes du Rhône - R. Valley
Languedoc-Roussillon
Loire Valley
Provence
Savoie
Southwest

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