Thursday, December 27, 2007

Weekly Vocabulary


Flinty 
Flinty usually describes dry white wines, such as chablis and sancerre, with an aroma of flint striking steel. This character is believed to come from the limestone soil in which the grapes were grown and is a positive attribute.

Grand Vin 
French for "grand or great wine," and refers to the best quality wine made by a chateau. Many wineries make second and third labels that aren't considered as good as their grand vin. Although it sounds impressive, it actually has no legal or official designation. However, giving a bottle of wine with this on the label to friends may increase its value (and yours) in their eyes.

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