The vocabulary of wine is a symphony of sexy-sounding words. If you're single, try this trick in a bar on Friday night. Whisper these sweet nothings in an unsuspecting soul's ear.
bouteille dégustation pupitre blanc rouge blanc melon élevage
On second thought, don't. You might get smacked.
There is also a dark, unartful side to vino vocabulary. These are terms that most certainly do not conjure up candlelit dinners or purdy sunsets. Rather, such terms create a rather rough, if not downright violent image. For example..
Punching down - a winemaking step in which the cap (grapeskins and stuff sticking to said skins) is broken up and submerged in to the fermenting wine.
"That Cabernet isn't fermenting properly, I'm gonna go punch its cap down!"
Powdery mildew - AKA oidium; a common vine fungal disease wherein all green parts on an affected plant are covered with a cobweb-like growth. If grape clusters are infected growth is impaired an berries may not reach full size.
"This Sauvignon Blanc was afflicted with powdery mildew. Fortunately, we treated the vines early on with fungicide and sulfur; and managed to save the crop. Would you care for a glass?"
Rectified grape must - Processed grape juice, which has been concentrated and filtered. Used in place of sugar for chaptalizing cool climate/not-quite-ripe wines.
"Looks like we'll have to add 20 gallons of rectified grape must to our Grande Cuvée."
Disgorgement - Removal of the pellet of junk (i.e. dead yeast cells) from the neck of a bottle of sparkling wine. This step follows riddling in the bubbly production process.
"Eww. This bottle wasn't properly disgorged - I just got a mouthful of dead yeast cells."
Can you name any other unartful wine words that put a damper on that whole romantic wine aura?
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