In Other Words – Euphemisms In Wine Journalism.

“I love being a writer. What I can’t stand is the paperwork.” Peter De Vries

Chapter Six, Part One.

Mix of fresh fruits on wicker bascketOnce you’ve learned to decipher wine’s elusive qualities you may also need some tips on how to express your observations. In addition to the correlation between the flavors found in wine and the flavors found in your average fruit basket, you’ll want to describe wine’s appearance, texture, weight, oak, and umm … what’s that other one? Oh yeah, arsenic.

We turn to wine critics for help with these thorny descriptors because they are so much more than mere wine aficionados. That’s right, wine critics are also self-aggrandizing blowhards. No wait! That’s not it! I meant to say they are also writers.

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