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.