Thursday, October 29, 2015

Common Wine Terms Explained

Have you ever visited the best winery at the Lake of the Ozarks, and heard people uttering a slew of words that all sounded like Greek? Well, it's not Greek, just fancy terms that winos use to describe their favorite beverage. Once you know these super simple terminologies, you can join in the conversation and sound like a wine connoisseur in no time!

Wine Terminology


This term will describe how tart a wine is (or isn't). You may also hear other similar words such as crisp and bright or flabby.


Just because a wine is described as vintage doesn't mean that it's old. It can also mean that the wine was made from grapes that were all (or mostly) harvested in a single year. A non-vintage wine is, obviously, grapes that were harvested over two or more years. 


This word describes how heavy or full wine feels in your mouth. The body of a wine can be light, medium or full-bodied.


This term is used to describe red wines with a cooked fruit flavor


There are bitter compounds in the skin and seeds of grapes that give red wine structure. (White wines have little to no tannins as they're typically not fermented on the skins.) You will typically desire some tannins in the flavor of the wine, but generally overly tannic wines can cause a drying sensation in your mouth.


Terrior refers to how a growing region affects the wine's flavor. It's mostly used to describe wine, but it can also apply to cheese, coffee beans and other foods.

Now you can discuss wine with the best of them! Hopefully these terms can also help you appreciate wine as well. The flavors and textures of wine are intriguing and distinct. If you don't have a good feel for wine flavors and types - you're in luck! We offer wonderful wine tasting at the Lake of the Ozarks! For just a few dollars you can come in and try ALL of our wines, and get a souvenir glass! If you just want to try a few wines to wet your palate you can try three free. Come out for dinner and wine tasting this weekend - and try using some of your new vocabulary words!

Come for the wine...Stay for the atmosphere...Remember the view! 

Seven Springs is the finest Winery at the Lake of the Ozarks with a full service facility perfect for outdoor weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners, corporate events and parties.  Call us today to make reservations for your special event!

Seven Springs Winery
846 Winery Hills Estates
Linn Creek, MO 65052

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