Reader Jane chimes in on the least palatable wine words:
"Maybe one of you can help me understand what "briar" is in wine. I read that all the time but don't have any idea what that flavor is."
Jane asks a valid question. What does briar in wine actually mean. And, come to think of it, this word doesn't strike me as particularly palatable. In fact, telling someone there is briar in a glass of wine, could trigger a floatie search posse.
When I hear briar used to describe a wine's scent, I think of semi-wild brush & herbs (i.e. not your typical kitchen herbs). I also think of the bitter parts that accompany 'furry' berries such as raspberry and strawberry. But that's not really briar, is it? I'm confused. Can anyone explain the adjective 'briar' to me and Jane?