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Confused by wine terminology?  Elizabeth and Rick define some of the most common terms and descriptors thrown around at wine tastings and dinner parties.

Show Notes:

  • News - Robert Parker no longer reviewing California wines (and why this matters)
  • Top 10 Snobby Wine Terms & Their Meanings (listen for Elizabeth's colorful definitions):
    1. Dusty
    2. Minerality
    3. Gamey
    4. Tannic
    5. Acidic
    6. Dry (and the opposite: Sweet)
    7. Sweet
    8. Finish
    9. Bouquet
    10. Tight
  • Did we miss any snobby wine terms?  Tell us in the comments
  • Grape of the Week - Chardonnay (and all its flavor variations)
  • Take the Wine Sisterhood survey about wine-related mobile apps
  • Next week's topic: It's up to you! Drop a comment on the Wine for Normal People Blog with your questions or show ideas

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  • Karen Chapman

    Oaky. Please don’t forget oaky. Who the hell knows what a tree tastes like?

    Feb 16, 2011 at 11:25 pm
  • winefornormalpeople

    Yes, Karen, you’re right!

    Funny enough… we originally had “Oaky” in the recording, but we went way too long (the podcast was over 40 minutes). Thanks so much for calling out this wine term!

    P.S. Have you listened to Episode 003 - we talk about “Oak & Wine - What’s the Big Deal?”


    Thanks for listening - Cheers!


    Feb 17, 2011 at 1:59 am
  • Jean

    technically no one knows what a tree tastes like LOL…I almost fell out of my chair when I read that lol….but its like when you open a can of dog food, that Alpo smell you get in the back of your throat….its almost like eating it. People make fun of me for saying things like “it tastes like the smell of dogfood” they look confused but I know what I mean.

    When you smell something cooking you say “I can almost taste the rosemary in the roasted potatoes” because your sense of taste and smell are very close to each other…I LOVE THIS BLOG!!! I want to learn about wine but can do without the snobbery and am SO GLAD I FOUND THIS SITE!!!!

    Feb 22, 2011 at 10:27 am