12 Wine Term Every Wine Enthusiast Who Drinks Should Know

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We love drinking wines, but often we rarely talk about wines. A lot of people would feel intimidated talking about wines, instead of talking with wines. It might because wines are not self-evident. It is not the same with orange juice that when it looks orange, it will taste exactly like oranges.


Hence, people would likely to rely on specific wine descriptors to know and elucidate how these certain wines will taste. Still feeling inferior because you are clueless even you are already reading the wine details? Take it easy. Here is a list of terms wine terms that would help you next time when chatting about vino. 

1. Aeration

Aeration is the process of letting wines breathe in the open air to soften tannic young wines or fatigue older the ones. You may either open a bottle of wine or swirl the wine in a glass. A lot of professional claims that aerating bottled wine, especially red wines, could improve its quality and taste. However, it is not yet scientifically proven. 

2. Austere

A term used to describe relatively hard wines, have a high acidity level, and lack depth and roundness. This name is usually referred to young wines that need richness and body or young wines that require time to soften. 

3. Bottle Sickness

Also known as bottle shock, these words are used to refer to a temporary situation characterized by disjointed or muted fruit flavors. This situation happens when right after bottling or when fragile wines or other wines are wobbled during a trip. 

4. Browning

Browning refers to the color of a wine, which denotes maturity and has already faded. It is common for wines that are 20 to 30 years old. These wines tend to have an enjoyable brownish edge. On the other hand, browning is a bad sign in young white and red wines. 

5. Brut

This word means dry and is applied to driest sparkling wines and Champagne. Brut wines are drier, which means they have less than 1.5 percent residual sugar per liter than those called extra dry. It is more than extra brut, however less than extra dry. 

How to Use a Metal Wine Chiller

There are two types of wine chillers; the wine cooler which houses your entire collection of wine and the metal wine chiller which keeps your bottle cool by your side while you enjoy the fruity flavors.

To enjoy the perfect glass of white you need both of these chilling items. You may even need to use a wine chiller for your red of your house is over 70° Fahrenheit. White wine should be served at a temperature of between 49° and 55° while red should be at 62-68°.

If you’re in the market for a wine chiller or cooler then it is essential that you take a look at the reviews on wineturtle.com; it will help you to select the right one for your needs both now and in the future.

Steps To Use Metal Wine Chiller

Storing your wines at a cool temperature helps to preserve them and the flavor of the wine. Once you’ve opened them it’s the white you want to keep cool:

    • Your Bottle – This needs to be placed in your metal wine cooler. In general you’ll find it better to open it before you serve than when you’re preparing it.


  • Ice It – You now need to add some ice to your wine chiller. It is best to use medium sized chunks so that they don’t melt too quickly. The ice should surround the lower half of the bottle.
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Organic Wines from Spain

Yes There are Organic Wines!

You care about what you put in your body and likely to some extent try to buy organic foods and body care products. It is important for our health since we are fueling our lives with what we eat. That being said there are areas I never even thought about going organic, like my wine. It was my time at ShiftCon, an amazing conference run by mommy blogger and social media influencer Leah Segedie of Momavation, that opened my eyes and introduced me to Natural Merchants for family produced organic wines..

Natural Merchants Organic WinesSo I have now been trying two amazing wines that give you a healthy edge while still letting you enjoy a glass or red or white. All wines are vegan-friendly, and Non-GMO Project Verified.

Tarantas Sparkling White

This sparkling white wine is definitely crisp and dry, which I enjoyed. It is not a sweet wine also something that works well with a nice meal. There are definitely fruit undertones, but I confess to not being refined enough in the palate to differentiate. The official description says “dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, crisp green apple and lemon finish with no oak.” I paired it with lemon chicken and it was a huge hit.

Heroic Red and Valiant White Wines Give Back To Soldiers

Heroic Red and Valiant White wines are distributed by Leer Vineyards in Byron, CA. The wines are pretty much like Tom shoes but for wine. $1.50 for each bottle of wine sold goes to purchase a mortgage and tax free home to a wounded warrior. They’ve already presented four houses to soldiers this year.


Heroic Red shows aromas of boysenberry with hints of leather, cedar and cigar tobacco. Flavors are of raspberry jam, chocolate and black pepper, with a faint echo of blake tea on the long finish. This blend contains 58% Syrah, 29% Merlot and 13% Cabernet Sauvignon.

pic5Valiant White shows aromas of peach and orange blossoms, the circus flavors are intense, peaches and tropical fruits dominate. It’s a soft and luscious mouthful with a hint of effervescence for a beautiful liveliness and a balance to the sweetness. While crisp and sweet this Moscato is a perfect pairing with spicy seafood or chicken and is amazing while paired with bleu cheese and desserts that include pears or peaches.

The Secret Shelf Life of Wine

how long does wine last

Wine has a reputation for being palatable only fresh from uncorking, with many of the magical properties that have made wine popular for centuries upon centuries being lost in the initial hours. While it is indisputable that a bottle of premium wine is at its absolute best before exposure to oxygen, the other fact is that oxygen is the catalyst that truly opens the deeper flavors of a wine to be savored by the drinker, and many wines can be sampled again long after opening with proper storage.

Time Frames

Extended exposure does rob a wine of its character over time, but much of its positive aspects are retained much longer than commonly thought. Red wines, white wines and roses can be easily enjoyed several days after uncorking with minimal loss in flavor, although the quality of the wine will begin to dip considerably after 5 days or so, with pronounced flavors and aromas becoming more difficult to distinguish.


Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines Introductes Woodwork™ Wines

With fall weather, comes fall gatherings. Perhaps some at your home, and others that you will attend.  You don’t want to be “that guy” who arrives empty handed, so grab a bottle of wine, some dessert, and head over to greet your host (who will be even happier to see you when they see you have something delicious to add to the party).

Woodwork-P NOIR-JPEGWith autumn right around the corner, there is no better time to get friends together and catch up after a busy summer over a glass of wine.  To help with that, Diageo Chateau & Estates Wines is announcing the launch of Woodwork™.   The latest brand celebrates the craft of winemaking with the introduction of three varietals meant to inspire and celebrate those who work hard to endlessly pursue their passions. Woodwork-CHARD-JPEGEach bottle reflects Winemaker Monica Belavic’s passions and pursuit, through continuous experimentation and refinement, to arrive at the very best batch of wine. With great care and attention to detail, high quality oak staves (a barrel alternative) have been selected to bring the influence of oak into each varietal’s distinct taste profile, creating a unique and delicious wine.  The oak influencer also allows the wine to pair beautifully with items cooked on the grill or over a fire.


Carmel, California – Food, Wine, Art, and Culture

carmel CACarmel, CA is a great spot to get away from it all- the perfect place for weddings, proposals, romantic hideaways, or girlfriend getaways. A small but active and artistic area, you will find plenty of shopping, museums, theater, good wine and good food, as well as the beautiful coastline.

CA food and wine tourCarmel-by-the-Sea is a small town with a rich artistic history on the Monterey Peninsula. In the early 1900s, 60 percent of Carmel’s houses were built by those who were “devoting their lives to work connected to the aesthetic arts.” As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 4,081.

Close by are the scenic 17-Miles Drive, Steinbeck’s Cannery Row, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, world renowned golf courses, Point Lobos Reserve, and the Big Sur coast. This area is very pet friendly, and one will see dogs everywhere they go- on sidewalks, stores, in restaurants, and even art galleries.

CA foodThere are some fine dining options, as well as others with a more funky flair in the area. Mundaka, a Spanish style tapas restaurant in downtown Carmel, is the result of a love of food, wine, music, and Spain and its culture. The food is ordered by the small plate and meant to be shared with the whole table. The dishes and drinks are organic and locally grown- don’t expect to order a cola in this establishment. The atmosphere is funky and artistic, and has both vegetarian and non-vegetation options as well as live music many nights. Grasing’s offers fine dining that features fresh ingredients from California’s Carmel Coast and Central Valley. They have a varied wine list, and the desserts are interesting, delicate, and delectable. You will want to make sure to save room, and indulge yourself.

CA food toursTaking a quick trip, but want to really experience the food and wine? Take the Carmel Food Tour. While walking through the picturesque city of Carmel, you will be able to enjoy the tastes from seven of Carmel’s most unique restaurants and specialty shops. This 3 hour tour is not only an enjoyable lunch that literally gives you a taste of the town, but also a glimpse into local area’s culture, art, architecture, and history.

Sandwich Showdown- New York Food and Wine with @udisglutenfree @I_LOVE_NY

Come one, come all to one of the most fun you can have with two slices of bread. This past Sunday The Whole Foods Market’s Sandwich Showdown was held with Jeff Mauro. Jeff Mauro is the sandwich king from Food Network, and can make one awesome sandwich. This event was held to help raise money for various charities. This event was all about the sandwiches. There were more then fifteen sandwiches to try, with just about every ingredient imaginable, from Turkey to Pastrami, to Porchetta and even gluten free cookies from Udi’s Gluten free, and three varieties of ice cream sandwiches, all of which were delicious.

Upon walking in, each guest is given a wooden chip to cast their vote for the best sandwich available. The only sad point was when realizing the event was over, not because of a timer running down, but because of a lack of space in your stomach. With all the sandwich crafters available, we could talk for hours about every sandwich available and the wonderful wine bar as well, but instead we will highlight some of the stand-out sandwiches.

The afternoon began with an incredible Kobe Patty Melt, by Marble Lane. These little beauties were absolutely mouth watering. A burger made of Kobe beef melting in your mouth with caramelized onions, mushrooms and cheese. Starting with this sandwich set the bar pretty high, opening our eyes to what a sandwich could be- so much more then a delivery system for peanut better and jelly, LOL. This was a hand held taste of something special, interesting, intriguing, and more then you would think a sandwich could deliver.

Up next was “Home by the Range”, an Italian Style Braised Beef sandwich. This sandwich included a piece of braised beef with some Italian pickled vegetables. I think this sandwich was very close to perfect, but missed the mark a bit. In my experience pickled Italian vegetables are a bit spicy and have a kick and a crunch to go along with the acid of the vinegar, which would complement a well cooked meat perfectly. Unfortunately there was no spice or kick to the veggie’s, so I was a bit disappointed. I can understand completely why the decision was made to keep the spicy to a minimum, but I think it would have pushed this sandwich to the top, if it was done just a touch differently.