When speaking about wine, formality sometimes goes out the door when you want to get right to the point. In these times, wine slang comes in handy. But if you can’t “talk the talk”, you’ll simply get lost when a knowledgeable oenophile starts throwing in foreign expressions. Maybe you’re familiar with common, proper phrases used to describe wine like body, mouthfeel, length and finish. But there are plenty of other wacky words that winos are well-versed in. These are just a few:
Plonk- Bad wine
Quaff- To drink, often used as the adjective “quaffable” to describe a basic, everyday, wine.
Cat Pee- A specific aroma, often found in Sauvignon Blanc. This means exactly as it sounds, though no actual cat pee is used to make the wine
Hot- A wine with a high level of alcohol to the point of tasting out-of-balance.
Tight- An adjective used to describe a wine that needs time to open up or for the tannins to soften. Air or proper aging can help a tight wine.
ABC- Anything But Chardonnay/Anything But Cabernet, used to focus on other varietals.
Claret- an English phrase for a Bordeaux-style wine
QPR- Quality/Price ratio or a wine’s quality as compared to its price. A wine with a good QPR is a good value.
Entry-level Wine- A basic wine, often used to a describe the least expensive wine in a brand’s portfolio.
Clunker- A bad wine
Flabby- A wine that lacks a component such as acidity or tannin to bring it structure. Tastes overly soft and out-of-balance as a result.
Green- A wine that has a vegetal quality usually stemming from under-ripe grapes.
Muscular- A wine with a lot of body and typically strong tannin.
Cork dork- An extreme wine hobbyist. Usually has a high level of wine knowledge.
Are there other wine slang terms you are familiar with? Leave a comment and let us know!”