There’s always one of your mates who seems to be a wine wanker when it comes to wine tasting – knows everything is an expert on variety, region and style…


Well, here is how NOT to sound like a wine wanker?


To describe the bubbles or the bead in wine, especially Prosecco.

Borrowing from the French, the Italians like to use the word perlage from perle or pearl in French.

In French, the mousse, in other words, fizziness or effervescence can be referred to as perles or pearls.

Hence the word perlage or collection of pearls, a combination of perle and the suffix -age (from a linguistic point of view, the suffix denotes the gathering of “pearls”).


As Minerality becomes more fashionable while describing wines.  The wines with a mineral smell may remind you of oyster shells, or the spray of the breeze off the rocks of the ocean. They have a taste as if of licking wet stones and often a chalky texture to match.


Often used in combination with ‘mineral’, this is a descriptor is all about the acid levels in the wine – think dry rieslings and young semillons. These wines are electric!



Fairly straightforward this one – think flavours of ginger, white pepper, or even a bit of heat brought on by high levels of alcohol.


Chaffey Bros Pax Aeterna Old Vine Grenache


Oh, you know the wine that oozzz elegance… Wines that are elegant are fine, graceful and focused – they are built around a line of acidity and don’t have any obtrusive flavours – nothing stands out.


A wine that isn’t necessarily full of fruit, but instead has a slight rustic edge or an elevated level of acidity. For me, a Pinot Gris or dry Riesling, put something sweet with it though and your whole palate can transform.


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