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A concise dictionary of wine-related terms for enthusiasts and lovers of all things enological
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VARIETY :
Type of grapevine planted. There are innumerable varieties created by evolution and natural selection. Winemakers have chosen to favor a select few, and these now represent 90% of today’s vineyards around the world. Most of these varieties, originally come from France.
VEGETAL :
Said of a wine’s bouquet or aromas, mainly when the wine is young, that are reminiscent of grass or vegetation.
VEIN :
The branched, projecting thread in the leaf blade that brings sap to the leaf.
VENISON :
Element of a wine’s bouquet that evokes large wild game.
VIN DE FRANCE :
An official European denomination that since 2009 has designated wines from a specific country (e.g. Vin de France) without indicating the precise geographical are it was produced. These wines are subject to a set of quality criteria and the vintage and grape variety may be mentioned on the label.
VINE SHOOT :
The grapevine's growth for a particular year that is pruned during the winter.
VINS DE PAYS :
Designates wines with a Protected Geographical Indication (IGP - a regional notion). A Vin de Pays must come only from the region it is named after. It must meet production criteria that are set by decree.
VINTAGE :
Year in which a wine is harvested.
VITIS VINIFERA :
Scientific name for winegrowing grapevines.
VOLUME :
Characteristic of a wine that makes it seem full on the palate.
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