How to describe your wine? The wine glossary that will help you stand out on your next date

How to describe your wine? The wine glossary that will help you stand out on your next date

Now that you've learned how to be like an Italian from our previous post, it's time for you to speak about wine like a native. Impress your date and friends with your impeccable knowledge on the fundamentals of wine jargon.

Here are some words to describe your wine glass for tonight:


Some consider this one a very "unfriendly" wine. It hits your mouth and then turns it inside out. It usually means the wine has very high acidity and little fruity flavors. An austere wine is not fruit-forward nor opulent.


A wine with buttery characteristics has been aged in oak and generally is rich and flat (less acidity). A buttery wine often has a cream-like texture that hits the middle of your tongue almost like oil (or butter) and has a smooth finish.


A wine that is described as tasting like charcoal tastes gritty, dry (with higher tannins) and holds a rustic flavor. Charcoal is often associated with a similar characteristic: pencil lead (but less refined).


The word crisp for wine is more often used to describe a white wine. A crisp wine is oftenn simple but goes really well with a porch swing on a hot day.


A classic go-to move for a wine writer trying to describe that awkward green and unpleasant finish on a wine.


The ultimate non-grape influence to the flavors in wine. In white wine it adds butter, vanilla and sometimes coconut. In red wine it adds flavors often referred to as baking spices, vanilla and sometimes dill. 


After learning some words from the menu, you’d certainly be confident enough to answer the sommelier and impress your date as they wait in regards to the taste of the wine! Some of the things you’d already know is when the sommelier opens and presents your bottle, don’t sniff the cork. Sniff the few drops of wine that the sommelier has poured into your glass. And for a fact, swirling the wine in the glass may disguise the corked bottle odor you’re looking for. Best wait to swirl until after you’ve approved the bottle.

Furthermore, there are still some aspects that would be necessary to do (or not do) when you have a wine bottle on your tab. Here’s a little bit of guideline :

When You’re the Host

Uncork Quietly

When you’re opening the bottle, do it quietly without bringing attention to yourself. This is especially important if you plan on serving champagne at your tasting. This isn’t a party; try to avoid sending your cork flying across the room.

Pouring Technique

Hold the bottle toward the base when you’re pouring it.

Equal Portions

Try to pour equally. You want to leave plenty of room in the glass for the wine to breathe. Instead of pouring a full glass, pour just under half.

*Offer Seconds*

Always offer seconds to your guests before you pour for yourself.

Drinking the Wine... a.k.a. the best part

  • Holding the glass
  • Hold your glass by the stem or the base.
  • Smelling your wine
  • Sniff it, taste it, and think about it.
  • Leaving a mark
  • Try to drink from the same position on your wine glass to reduce unsightly mouth marks.
  • Clinking the glass
  • Clink the glasses bell to bell to avoid breakage, and look at your clinking-mate in the eyes.
  • Pouring the wine
  • Hold the bottle towards the base.

Now is the time where you book a table at Atto Primoone of Shanghai's best Italian restaurants with an extensive and tasteful list of wine. Enjoy a glass of wine and delicious Italian dish whilst overlooking the sparkling Bun tonight.


And... That's it!

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