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Charles Oleary

What does fruitiness in wine mean?

Dive into fruity, sweet, and dry wines. How are they similar? How are they different?

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Charles Oleary

Alcohol in Wine Explained

Deep dive about the alcohol present in wine. Can you taste alcohol? What is considered high ABV? Low ABV? How does climate affect the alcohol levels in wine? Come learn about wine with us!

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Charles Oleary

What is Wine Acidity?

Acidity is one of the main components of structure, which is the "backbone" or "architecture" of a wine. Use S.T.A.A.F. as an acronym to help remember the components of structure:  Sugar Presence Tannins Acidity Alcohol Fruitiness   Why is acidity in wine important? Acidity gives wines a certain liveliness. Snappy, zippy, fresh, electric energy. It provides a thirst-quenching character that other components don't. We mentioned backbone earlier. A wine without sufficient acidity doesn't have one. It's considered "flat" or "flabby" or quite simply, dull. There's no electricity dancing on your palate. No tartness making your mouth water. Acid is a key component to the foundation...

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Charles Oleary

What does dry wine mean?

"Are any of the wines dry?" "Yes. Literally every single one on the list." This guest-interaction is my biggest pet peeve in all of my years of working the restaurant floor. NOBODY understands what it means for a wine to be considered dry (or sweet). Which is completely fine. There's countless fundamental things in other industries that I am out to lunch about.  I think the most common misconception in wine is when folks confuse fruitiness for sweetness. A wine may smell sweet because it's so fruity, but in fac,t not have any sugar in it at all. Most people played "slap...

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