BLOG: Increase Your Wine Vocab at iYellow School

When learning a new language, there’s a balance between knowing what you’re talking about and having confidence in what you’re saying. Same goes for the language of wine. Below are some wine words that’ll have you speaking fluently.

While these words will get you started, there is a mastery that comes from regular practice, or study. And where better to practice than at an iYellow Wine School class. Discover your wine confidence as you sip and pontificate these wine words like a pro. Get led through a structured tasting of 6 wines and cheese pairings from the Cheese Boutique. Learn the 5 easy steps to tasting wine and exercise your palette – because we all know that practice makes perfect.

Take a trip around the world with us without ever leaving the6ix. Learn something new about Spain or PortugalDiscover France, experience a California {wine} Love, sip our iYellow Fall Favs, taste New Zealand Wines, or go back to the basics with our epically popular Wine 101 class. Either way, you are sure to be well-versed in wine words that will have you sipping like a pro in no time. So, the next time you’re at a party, on a date or entertaining a client, bring your out your new wine vocabulary to look and sound like a professional! Better yet, bring them to wine school class with you and use promo code ‘wineschool’ for $10 OFF (limited tickets available per class on a first come, first purchase basis while quantities last)

LEGS – If you like to swirl your wine (as any good wine lover should), you’ve more than likely noticed the wine running down the inside of your glass. These drops, called legs or tears, are indicative of alcohol and sugar content, as well as the wine’s body. The slower the legs run down your glass, the more alcohol, sugar and body.

AROMA – Referring to a wine’s scent, aromatic wines tend to have a fragrant and floral bouquet on the nose. There are many great aromatic whites, including Riesling, Moscato and Gewürztraminer.

MOUTHFEEL – A wine’s texture is revealed through how it feels in your mouth. Some descriptive examples of mouthfeel may include dry, soft or smooth. Try to think of these things the next time you have a glass of wine – you’ll better understand the concept if you taste it for yourself.

TANNINS – Tannins can be found in almost any red wine. They help give a good red wine mouthfeel and are the backbone for ageing well. You can also taste tannins. When you sip tea that’s been over-steeped. Wines can taste tannic, meaning they possess a strong tannin.

VINTAGE – This is the year that the grapes were grown. Some wines are vintage wines, meaning they come from one specific year. Non-vintage wines include grapes harvested from different years blended into one bottle.

BALANCE – Balance refers to the proportion of acidity, sugar, tannins, alcohol and oak. A great wine will have a very balanced taste.

VARIETAL – Varietal refers to the variety of grape that is used to make a wine. Examples of this include single varietal wines, such as Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc. The opposite of a single varietal is a blend.

BODY – All wine has a body. Think of the weight of the wine on your palette. It can be light – medium- or full-bodied – typically this can be discovered by the legs of the wine after swirling, tasting the wine, analyzing its mouth-feel and savouring the finish.