Tasting Terms 

How to talk about wine

Mise En Bouteille

French term which literally means: put in bottle.

Mâcon

The Mâcon Appellation is located in Southern Burgundy, on the right bank of the Saône River, just North of the city of Mâcon. The soil there...

Malolactic Fermentation (MLF)

Fermentation with a bacteria that converts tart-flavoured malic acid present in grapes, into a softer-tasting lactic acid; occasionally runs...

Must

Freshly-pressed grape juice which still contains seeds, skin, and stems.

Muscat

An ancient, aromatic and sweet white wine grape with a very extended family. It is said by some to be the ancestor of most other Vitis vinifera...

Muscadet

A light, dry, French white wine made from grapes of the same name, sometimes said to have a slightly musky, cantaloupe quality and typically...

Murky

Mainly a flaw of red wines, this adjective means the wine is too deeply coloured, lacking brightness, and sometimes a bit swampy.

Mulled Wine

Any red wine, served hot, and mixed with any combination of sugar, fresh orange, lemon, or apple, and spices like cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg.

Mourvedre

A late ripening red grape variety widely planted in southern France, Spain and Central California that is rich in colour and extract producing...

Mouth Feel

How a wine feels in the mouth and against the tongue.

Mouuseux

This is French term used to describe sparkling wine made by the Charmat Method. This method produces Sparkling wine is in bulk. The wine is sealed...

Mosel

The scenic river valley in Germany. This river is a tributary of the Rhine and the source of some of the best German white wines produced from...

Moscato

The Italian word for Muscat, a family of white wine grapes used to produce still and sparkling wines, as well as medium-sweet to sweet wines....

Montepulciano

Red grapes from the Abruzzi region of Italy used to produce medium to full-bodied wines with good structure and colour, such as Montepulciano...

Morsellated

The word morsel is like a piece or parcel, so a morsellated vineyard is one that is divided among various growers rather than being owned by...

Monocepage

This term describes a wine made of one specific varietal.

MOG

The acronym for Material Other than Grapes. It refers to the debris that is often harvested along with the grapes, especially when harvesting...

Mise En Bouteille Au Chateau

French term meaning estate bottled. Putting this on the bottle is the estate’s legal commitment to the fact that they produced and bottled the...

Minty

An aroma from certain Cabernet Sauvignon wines grown in warmer climates.

Minervois

An appellation in the Languedoc wine region which produces fairly inexpensive wine. Red wines from the Minervois appellation are produced from...

Mildew

A grapevine disease that can be devastating but is usually controlled by dusting the vines with sulphur or spraying with organic fungicides....

Mid-Palate

In wine tasting, when you take a sip of wine there is a sequence of flavour and texture impressions, mid-palate is the impression registered...

Methode Champenoise

The French name for the method developed in the Champagne region by which real Champagne gets its bubbles. In this method, the secondary fermentation...

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