Winemaking: From A to Z

Winemaking, wine fermentation, homemade wine

This article originally appeared as part of the story Something to Wine About in the March/April 2019 issue.

Here's a handy list of terms you'll need to know if you're making (or drinking) wine.

  • Aperitif: A wine enjoyed by itself before food in order to whet the appetite.
  • Breathing: The interaction between air and wine after a bottle has been opened.
  • Dry: An adjective to describe a wine that lacks sweetness in taste.
  • Fortified wine: Wine to which alcohol has been added.
  • Ice wine: Wine made from frozen grapes.
  • Mead: A wine-like beverage made from fermented honey and water rather than fruit juice.
  • Nose: The aroma or “bouquet” of a wine.
  • Punt: The indentation at the bottom of a wine bottle, often thought to be related to wine quality.
  • Sangria: A punch made with red wine along with orange, lemon and apricot juice.
  • Table wine: Any wine that is not sparkling or fortified.
  • Vin: French for “wine.”
  • Zymology: The science of fermentation in wine.