5 Wine Terms You Should Know!

Lauren Volper
7 min readOct 29, 2018
Photo by Ryan Doerr

With every serving shift I have ever worked, there is a minimum of two times in the night where someone will ask for a wine recommendation by the glass. I will then ask them “What kind of wine do you like to drink?” Inevitably someone will answer “I like dry reds”.

This brings me to the point of the MOST misused wine term I have ever heard spoken: dry. WHY are people so confused with this wine term and it’s meaning? What does dry in terms of describing wine actually mean??

Saying you like your red wine dry, is akin to saying you like your water wet! It’s implied when ordering red wine, as red wines already are dry!

Photo by Ryan Doerr

Dry. It’s as simple as this: absence of sweetness! Please, please, please stop saying you like dry wines when you mean you like wines with tannins. How the wine feels in your mouth is not to say the wine is dry! (dry-ING = tannins!) To get a little more technical and fully understand this, you need to know a little bit about how wine is made — that is, how the grapes go from fruit to the alcoholic beverage we drink.

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Lauren Volper

@thelaurenvolperlife. Culinary school grad. Professional Wino. Retired amatuer bodybuilder. Jill of all trades, master of pun.