On Describing Wine
If, like many people, you’ve often struggled to describe the wines you love (and even those you don’t love so much), we commend to you an article by Bill St. John in the Chicago Tribune. In exploring the wine writer’s task – “we want to tell you how this wine might tingle your senses of sight, smell, taste and touch — with none of the wine before you,” he writes – St. John offers keen insight that can guide all of us in communicating about our favorite beverage. And to help him, he quotes Two Hands’ very own Michael Twelftree:
Twelftree, the proprietor of Australia’s Two Hands Winery, says that a well-made wine enjoys this interplay among its constituent elements of fruit, acidity and tannin: “The fruit is like the train car, and I think of the acid as the train tracks; they give it structure. The tannins are the brakes.”
St. John’s piece is on the Tribune website (please note that a subscription might be required to view the article).