By Kori ~ April 21st, 2008.
â€œIf you canâ€™t describe it in words or talk about it, like â€˜It reminds me of gym socks or my motherâ€™s blackberry pie,â€™ you canâ€™t remember it.â€ –Karen MacNeil
Itâ€™s a good idea to come up with a good buzzword, or descriptor, for each varietal of wine you drink. Obviously, there will be specific descriptors for each bottle of wine you drink within a varietal. But having a few buzzwords that are easy to remember help you know what to expect when you get ready to open a bottle at home, pick one off the shelf at a wine shop, or order in a restaurant.
Here are just a few of our buzzwords for the most popular varietals:
Cabernet Sauvignonâ€”blackcurrant or cassis, intense, earthy (Old World)
Shiraz/Syrahâ€”peppery, blackberry, bold
Pinot Noirâ€”raspberry, perfumed
Sauvignon Blancâ€”crisp, grapefruity
Rieslingâ€”fruity, floral, citrus, sweet
What is your favorite varietal and what buzzword or descriptor would you use to describe it?
Filed under: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, General Wine Information, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz/Syrah, Zinfandel