Wine Dictionary

Epicurious Wine Dictionary
Note: This is a web edition of THE WINE LOVER’S COMPANION, by Ron Herbst and Sharon Tyler Herbst.

No. of terms: more than 3,500

Description: The Wine Dictionary by is sure to please anyone who loves good wine. As pleasure and knowledge often go hand in hand turn to this dictionary to learn more about wine. In this comprehensive dictionary, “you’ll find more than 3,500 entries — from basic tasting terms to top-tier vineyards — that relate to wine.” Search for a specific term or, if you’re unsure of a term’s correct spelling, just type in the first few letters. You may also browse through the dictionary by alphabet.

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Example term: Montepulciano [mohn-teh-pool-CHAH-noh, mawn-teh-pool-CHAH-naw]
1. A red-wine grape widely cultivated throughout Italy, with the most concentrated plantings in the southeastern regions from the MARCHES down to APULIA. Some argue that Montepulciano orginated in the ABRUZZI region, with which it’s still most closely associated, mainly because of the DOC wines of MONTEPULCIANO D’ABRUZZO. This grape variety is capable of creating deeply colored, rich red wines with blackberry fruit flavors and SPICY, PEPPERY qualities. Because of its moderate ACID levels, Montepulciano generally produces wines that are smooth and MELLOW, but sometimes TANNIC enough to be AGED. This variety is also made into a cherry-pink ROSÉ called CERASUOLO. Other red wines based on Montepulciano grapes (but usually blended with local grapes) include the ROSSO CONERO DOC wines from the Marches region and the DOC wines of CERVETERI and VELLETRI from the LATIUM region. Montepulciano is also known as Cordisco, Morellone, Primaticcio, and Uva Abruzzi. 2. A town in western Italy’s TUSCANY region that lends its name to VINO NOBILE DI MONTEPULCIANO, a wine based on the SANGIOVESE, not the Montepulciano, grape.

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Quote as: © Copyright Barron’s Educational Services, Inc. 1995 based on THE WINE LOVER’S COMPANION, by Ron Herbst and Sharon Tyler Herbst.

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