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Wine Vocabulary

Wine Vocabulary Like many other industries, the world of wine has its own vocabulary. I mean, really, what is brettanomyces? Let’s start with the basics. A wine’s aroma is a huge part of its allure. It signifies the scent of the grape and the smell of younger wines. Often incorrectly interchanged with aroma is bouquet, which refers to the complex aromas found in AGED wines. On the other extreme, asomnia means a loss of smell altogether. Now brettanomyces is an interesting phenomenon. It’s actually a yeast that partially spoils the wine and is indicative of a bacterial problem in the winery. The funny thing is that it produces a barnyard quality that many people actually like! Just know that if your wine makes you recall memories of stables and livestock, it might not be all that pure.

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