VITICULTURE VOCAB 101
Blend: A wine made with a combination of grape varietals. Body: The overall feel of a wine in your mouth. A “light-bodied” wine is more delicate than a heavy, “full-bodied” one. Corked: This term is used to describe a bottle of wine that has come into contact with fungi in the cork. Signs that your wine has been “corked” include a wet-newspaper smell. Dry: Not sweet. Sommelier: A member of the wait staff who is trained in wine and provides guidance on the selections. Tannin: A naturally occurring element, strong in red wine, that gives it texture and creates a drying effect on the tongue. Varietal: A type of grape used to make wine, or a wine made from a single type of grape.