Monday, August 4, 2008

How to describe a wine

I manage part time at a wine bar here in Houston, Uptown Park's The Tasting Room. We generally sell 12-15 wines by the glass. We break the choices down into red, white, sparkling, dessert, and a usually a couple of Sommelier Picks.

When describing a wine you generally want to talk about 3 things:
  • Body - light, medium, full
  • Sweetness (or lack of) - sweet, off-sweet, off-dry, dry
  • Flavor - usually fruits but can include many other flavors too like herbs and spices too
If you know these 3 things about a wine, you can pretty much describe any wine in the world and the person you are describing it to will be able to tell if they'd like that particular wine.

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