Wine Slang for the up and coming Connoisseur

From Winston’s Wisdoms

Ever sit at a fancy dinner or cocktail party and hear people disect the wine that they’re drinking or discuss  what wine would pair perfectly with their meal?  If you’re like 99% of the people I know, you just know “good wine” and “bad wine”.  For all you newbies~ here’s a list of terminology and slang that you can use to make yourself look cultured and aware at a business meeting or hot date =)

Plonk– Bad wine

Quaff– To drink, often used as the adjective “quaffable” to describe a basic, everyday, wine.

Cat Pee– A specific aroma, often found in Sauvignon Blanc. This means exactly as it sounds, though no actual cat pee is used to make the wine ;)

Hot– A wine with a high level of alcohol to the point of tasting out-of-balance.

Tight– An adjective used to describe a wine that needs time to open up or for the tannins to soften. Air or proper aging can help a tight wine.

ABC– Anything But Chardonnay/Anything But Cabernet, used to focus on other varietals.

Claret– an English phrase for a Bordeaux-style wine

QPR– Quality/Price ratio or a wine’s quality as compared to its price. A wine with a good QPR is a good value.

Entry-level Wine– A basic wine, often used to a describe the least expensive wine in a brand’s portfolio.

Clunker– A bad wine

Flabby– A wine that lacks a component such as acidity or tannin to bring it structure. Tastes overly soft and out-of-balance as a result.

Green– A wine that has a vegetal quality usually stemming from under-ripe grapes.

Muscular– A wine with a lot of body and typically strong tannin.

Cork dork– An extreme wine hobbyist. Usually has a high level of wine knowledge.


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