Tasting Terms 

How to talk about wine

Trockenbeerenauslese (TBA)

One of the Pradikate of the Q.m.P. as defined by German Wine Law, literally meaning ‘selected dried berries’. Premium German sweet wine. Generally...

Terroir

French language term for all the characteristics of the vineyard site thought to be imparted to a particular wine. It is a term that includes...

Tafelwein

German for “table wine”.

Tuscany

Renowned wine region in Central Italy.

Trunck

The main, vertical body of a grapevine that supports all the top growth.

Tough

An adjective that usually implies that the wine has too much tannin.

Tokay

A sweet wine originating from the Tokay district in north-eastern Hungary. The chief grape variety is Furmint, although a little Harslevelu is...

Tinto

Spanish term for red wine.

Tired

A wine that is limp, feeble and lacklustre.

Tinny

Metallic tasting like tin.

Tenuta

Italian word for a wine-growing estate.

Tempranillo

The most popular red grape in Spain; common in Rioja and Ribera del Duero.

Tastevin

Silver cup which is used for wine tasting, especially in Bourgogne/Burgundy.

Tartrates

Crystals of potassium bitartrate that may form in cask or bottle (often on the cork). These crystals are harmless and form from the tartaric...

Tartaric Acid

A naturally occurring acid, found in grape juice and hence in wine. White crystals of tartrate salts can sometimes be precipitated from wines...

Tank

A large closed container used for storing, fermenting or blending wine. Tanks are often stainless steel, wood or fiberglass lined concrete.

Tannic

Containing perceptible tannic acid, a naturally occurring component in age worthy red wines that imparts a mouth-puckering astringency when the...

Toasty

Used most often as an adjective describing sparklings other similar descriptors or adjectives used with it are “caramel” and “toffee”. When used...

Tight

A term usually used when referring to young wines meaning the wine is tightly wound. It describes the wine’s structure, concentration and body....

Thin-Bodied

The opposite of “full-bodied”. Used when the mouthfeel of a wine feels “light”.

Tart

A synonym for “acidic”.

Tarlike

A descriptive term used when comparing an odour detected in the “nose” of a wine with a similar odour retained in a memory trained by the use...

Trocken

German for dry.

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