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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

(p.33) 3 New Wine Words
Wine and Conversation

Adrienne Lehrer (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

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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