Residual sugar seems like an obvious concept. Residual sugar. Sweet stuff, left over. In wine. But like many concepts in the wine world, it’s not that simple. Yeast eat sugar to make alcohol. This much we all know. So why would the yeast stop before all the sugar is gone?
By asking if you’re wine intolerant, I’m not asking whether you’re one of those folk who can’t stand walking into a wine shop, or watching your host spend minutes perusing the wine list at dinner, or listening to (so-called) wine-snobs describe the contents of their glasses in detail. You probably
It’s a flavor! It’s a feeling! It’s an airplane! No, it’s astringency! On the surface, astringency seems like pornography. It’s easy to recognize, even if it’s difficult to define. The problem is that it isn’t really all that easy to recognize. In wine, astringency is easily and often confused with
This being a manifesto against use of the word “dry” in relationship to wine, I herewith present ten points on why “dry” should be banned from all wine-related speak. Some people use “dry” as the opposite of “sweet” in relation to the amount of residual sugar in wine. Wine with
Caution: this article may ruin your wine-tasting plans for Mother’s Day. The renowned wine scientist, writer, and taster Emile Peynaud remarks, towards the end of his book on The Taste of Wine, that “thanks to the astonishing diversity of wine styles, one can always be sure of finding one (or
Two weeks ago I returned home from The Symposium for Professional Wine Writers, held at the Meadowood Napa in St. Helena the week prior to Premiere Napa Valley. I’m kicking myself for not accepting the invitation to stay for Premiere – the Napa Valley Vintner’s annual “bake sale,” as NVV