September 3, 2018

I am a wine person. I have spent hours drinking wine and talking about wine with other wine people. It’s a natural impulse for people to try to describe the delicious new things they consume. All men and women, by nature, desire to know. When wine is involved, this natural pursuit can get weird. The occasion usually begins harmlessly enough, with folks tossing around words like rich, bold, or crisp. Easy enough, and “yeah, this wine is a little smoky!”

Then someone says tannic grip. Oh boy, here we go.

The gates of winespeak have opened, and everyone has something different to say about each sip. I have heard (and uttered) any number of strange notes. Among the highlights: stemmy, mineralic, freshly dried lavender (how is this possible?), die...

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