Wine Word of the Week: Veraison

By Kori ~ September 4th, 2012.

This week’s Wine Word of the Week is veraison.

Official definition from Jancis Robinson’s The Oxford Companion to Wine:
Veraison is the word used by English speakers for that intermediate stage of grape berry development which marks the beginning of ripening, when the grapes change from the hard, green state to their softened and coloured form.

Layman’s terms from Kori:
Veraison is one step in the annual growth cycle of the vine. It is the point at which the grapes begin to change color and soften as sugars are transferred from leaf to berry.

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