Wine Word of the Week: Balance

By Kori ~ January 3rd, 2012.

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

Official definition from Jancis Robinson’s The Oxford Companion to Wine:
Wine tasters say that a wine has balance, or is well balanced, if its alcoholic strength, acidity, residual sugar, tannins, and fruit, complement each other so that no single one of them is obtrusive on the palate. (Young wines are expected to exhibit more marked tannins than mature ones however.) This extremely important wine characteristic is quite unrelated to flavor.

Layman’s terms from Kori:
A well-balanced wine has a good blend of fruit with acidity, tannins, and alcohol. Nothing stands out in isolation.

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Reader's Comments

  1. TheGourmetCoffeeGuy | January 3rd, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Interesting post, always enjoy your word of the week. The definition of “balance” is similar for coffee, perfect taste, nothing stands out by itself. Happy New Year, Kori!

  2. Kori | January 4th, 2012 at 10:11 am

    Thanks for your kind words. Good parallel between the definition of balance for wine and coffee. Happy New Year! Cheers!