March 1, 2009
You'll read tasting notes that call tannins round, angular, bitter, green, young, ripe, sweet, soft.. pick an adjective I'm sure it has been stuck in front of the word tannin in a tasting note somewhere. Ok, well "polka-dottted" probably hasn't been used, but there are a lot of marketing folk out there hungry to sell more wines, it's only a matter of time. So what are tannins really and what does it have to do with wine?
February 10, 2009
thought I would dive into one of the big mysterious elements of wine structure for me: Acidity. I often hear it associated with "freshness" and "liveliness" or "refreshing qualities" - that doesn't work so well for me. I want to get into it a little more, understand it technically.