Wine Word of the Week: Body



By Kori ~ October 9th, 2012.

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

Official definition from Jancis Robinson’s The Oxford Companion to Wine:
Body is the tasting term for the perceived ‘weight’—the sensation of fullness, resulting from density or viscosity—of a wine on the palate. Wines at either end of the scale are described as full bodied and light bodied. …. Body is not related to wine quality, balance being more important in a wine than whether it is full or light bodied.

Layman’s terms from Kori:
Body is the feel of the wine in your mouth, from watery (light-bodied) to creamy (full-bodied).


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