the flavor one senses in wines made from grapes that have more or less dried (shriveled and/or raisined) on the vine; often encountered in hot-climate wines such as Amarone.
Oversized wine bottle, equivalent to six 750 ml bottles.
(pronounced "ranss") Beautiful cathedral city in northeastern France. Along with the town of Epernay, Reims is the commercial center of the Champagne region.
Term commonly used in wine analysis referring to the content of unfermented sugar in a wine already bottled. Sometimes it
is added back into the wine as in some sparkling wines. In other cases, the natural sugars are so high that the normal
fermentation process is stopped as the yeast cannot continue to produce alcohol. And sometimes sulpher dioxide is
added to inhibit the yeast so that the sugar content stays high.
Large wine province in western Germany which produces wines of the same name. It lies across the Rhine river and just upstream from the Rheingau, north of the Rheinpfalz (Palatinate).
Major river in southeastern France, flowing from Switzerland to the Mediterranean. Name given to the wines produced from vineyards along that river.
Wine variety; see Johannisberg Riesling and White Riesling.
(ri-o'-ha) Spain's best and most well known region for table wine production. Located just south of the Pyrenees mountains (and the French border).
A process used in producing some Valpolicella wines to give them added richness and body. When Amarone is
produced, the Corvina grapes are partially dried in the sun before producing the wine (passito grapes). After
the Amarone is made and drained from the casks, already fermented Valpolicella is put into the casks where
the lees remain for 2 to 3 weeks.
(pronounced row-zeh') French word for pink table wine, now commonly used all over the world.
Synonym for Pinot Gris, Pinot Grigio, or Grauerburgunder. This is a white wine grape which has just enough color in the skins to make the appearance not yellow or green, but grey. It is grown in Germany, Alsace, Italy, Switzerland and in several places in the new world. Makes a nice wine under the right conditions.