Wine Word of the Week: Oxidation

By Kori ~ October 29th, 2009.

Wine Word of the WeekThis week’s Wine Word of the Week is oxidation.

Official definition from Jancis Robinson’s The Oxford Companion to Wine:
Oxidation is a wine fault resulting from excessive exposure to oxygen (as opposed to aeration, which is deliberate, controlled exposure to oxygen). Wines spoiled by oxidation are said to be oxidized.

Layman’s terms from Kori:
Oxidation causes deterioration and undesirable changes in a wine as a result of exposure to air.

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