A natural constituent of wines, especially reds. It is a bitter-tasting material which is partially responsible for preserving wines during their sometimes long aging periods. Bite a grape seed to experience the flavor of Tannin or have a cup of tea, neat.
Commune in the Rhone region of France, producing only rose wines. This may be the only region in all of France which never, ever, claims to have important vintage variations from year to year.
French word for earth or soil, used in the special sense of "place," which includes localized climate, soil type, drainage, wind direction, humidity and all the other attributes which combine to make one location different from another.
Term used in sensory evaluation referring to a wine which lacks body, viscosity, alcohol or sugar.
One of the classic wines of the world. The Tokay (or Tokaj) of Hungary is the result of the specific Tokay grape variety growing in the specific region between the Bodrog and Hernad rivers, being infected each year at the proper time and in the proper way by Botrytis noble rot, then being harvested and fermented in the traditional way. The wine has pleased its share of royalty over the centuries.
The Italian equivalent of the French Ugni Blanc or Saint Emilion. This is a workhorse grape, being grown all over Italy, in Cognac (for Brandy), and in southern France as well as in a large number of other countries around the world. The wines are dry and crisp, with a distinctive, rather harsh varietal flavor unless there is enough heat summation to fully ripen the grapes. It is surprising that the grape has not been successful anywhere in California, despite the fact of its being considered a standard in many Italian vineyards.
The highest category of nectar-sweet, and expensive, dessert wine produced in Germany. The word means "dry berry selection," which indicates that the Botrytis-raisined berries are individually picked to insure that only fully dried grapes are used for the wine.
The wine region of central Italy which produces most notably, Chianti and Brunello.