Last week, we talked about how white wines generally have a higher acidity than red wines, and that colder regions produce wines with a higher acidity than their counterparts in hotter regions.
Let’s start off with an introduction of the acidity of some popular wines.
For white wines, to name a few commonly used grapes, here is the order from sour to sweet:
The last two varieties taste significantly sweeter and aromatic and are particularly favoured by women.
How to describe the acidity of white wines? Imagine you have just taken a bite of green apple, someone is cutting up a guava next to you and not far away, there is a plate of sliced lemon. This is probably how the refreshing and slightly sour Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay will taste like to most people ― the slight sourness of green apple with a hint of lemon peel. And with Sauvignon Blanc, just add the scent of grass or a hint of guava.
As for the slightly sweet Riesling, imagine a bouquet of blooming lilies on a table combined with a plate of sliced pear and Kyoho grapes ― the taste is simply sweet, full and satisfying. And Moscato is like peaches next to a jar of honey.
Wine tasting requires the use of a rich imagination, it is a journey guided by your senses ― taste and smell. Using metaphors to express the experience can deepen your impression of a wine, certainly a fun experience.
Some wineries might include tasting notes on their wine labels or on their website and descriptors usually range from the acidity of fruits, scent of flowers to terms such as coffee, vanilla and candy etc., so that the drinker can visualise and paint a more vivid picture of the wine’s taste.
Wine tasting is a challenging art to grasp and master but if you unleash your imagination and make good use of the tasting notes, you will gradually be able to taste and identify a wider range of aromas and flavours and have a deeper and more fulfilling wine tasting experience.
In my next piece, I will talk about the aromas and acidity of several popular red wine varieties.
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