AN ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO WINE
The only cheat sheet you’ll ever need
WINE DESCRIPTIONS THAT WILL MAKE YOU SOUND SMART
Throw these bad boys around and lap up the appreciative glances.
OAKY/NUTTY – When wine has seen wood (not as weird as it sounds) it can have a smoky or toast-y taste. Mostly found in Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. FULL-BODIED/ROUND – You’ll know a full-bodied wine because it’ll be packed with flavour and have a lot more grunt. When you encounter one, close your eyes and murmur “mmm… round”. Extra points if you can do it with an accent. GRASSY - Think freshly mowed lawn. Grassy is almost always a sauvy-b descriptor. FLORAL – A pretty wine with lots of floral and garden aromas. Mainly used for – surprise, surprise – aromatic wines and sometimes lighter Pinot Noirs. DRY – We’ve all heard some wino call out for a “dry white wine” at some bar, somewhere. Our bet is half of them don’t even know that it means no sweetness in the wine whatsoever. A descriptor probably best left to fans of the ‘buttery chard’. TOBACCO/SMOKY/LEATHER – Okay so don’t let it put you off, but these characteristics are nearly always created by some ‘funkiness’ in your wine, from yeast or a whole bunch of fermentation. The oak is also partly responsible for imparting such flavours into the wine.
WHAT’S THE RIGHT WAY TO HOLD A GLASS?
Always hold by the stem, dontcha know?
THERE ARE 8 MAIN TYPES OF WINE
Picking a favourite wine is like picking your favourite pair of shoes. Impossible.
It’s Friday night. You’re at a restaurant with a wine menu as long as your arm and a hot Tinder date expecting you to impress. Shit! You’ve talked a big game so far but this babe is about to find out you’re as clueless as it gets. Don’t worry, girl - we’ve got you covered. Presenting, the ultimate blagger’s guide to wine (so you can sound anything but basic).