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Adrienne Lehrer

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195307931

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195307931.001.0001

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New Wine Words

New Wine Words

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(p.33) 3 New Wine Words
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Wine and Conversation
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Adrienne Lehrer (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195307931.003.0003

Wine descriptors that became common after the 1980s tended to be synthetic, as opposed to the earlier analytic words. Structure, a popular current word, deals with the balance and interaction of the elements (acidity, tannin, alcohol, sugar). New words for body are based on metaphors of the human form (big-boned, broad-shouldered, muscular vs. svelte). Age and drinkability can be described by age metaphors (backward, precocious), and tightness vs. openness. Many new evaluative descriptors are based on personality: charming, diplomatic, friendly, intellectual, and hedonistic. A common word is terroir, borrowed from the French, for the complete growing environment. Verbs of motion are frequently used to describe the progression of the tasting experience. A wine bursts from the glass or an aroma sneaks up on one.

Keywords:   structure, body-building metaphors, ready-to drink, balance, age, personality terms, verbs of motion

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