By Kori ~ July 3rd, 2008.
This weekâ€™s Wine Word of the Week is alcohol.
Official definition from Jancis Robinsonâ€™s The Oxford Companion to Wine:
Alcohol is the common name for ethanol. Alcoholic strength, an important measurement of any wine, is its concentration of the intoxicant ethyl alcohol, or ethanol. It can be measured in several different ways, the most common being the degreeâ€¦. The degree of alcohol is equivalent to its percentage by volume and is sometimes referred to as â€˜abvâ€™, alcohol by volume. In most countries it is mandatory to specify the alcoholic strength of all wines on the labelâ€¦.
Laymanâ€™s terms from Kori:
In a bottle of wine, less than 11% alcohol is considered low alcohol, 11% to 14%+ is moderate, and greater than or equal to 15% is high. When tasting, high alcohol will taste hot at the back of your mouth.
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