28 July, 2010

Wine Word Wednesday: Green.

 (Photo from Champagne Tarlant) 

Tasters often describe wines like Sauvignon blanc as "green," but there is a great deal of variance in the word green. If you're tempted to use that word, consider asking yourself to be more specific about what kind of green. Try taking your tasting note to a new level. Here are a number of ways a wine can be "green":

Green fruit: green fig, honeydew melon, green apple
Bitter green: arugula, green tea ice cream
Exotic green: lemongrass, Kaffir lime leaf
Smoky green: Lapsang Souchong tea
Citrusy green: lime
Vegetable: pea pods, green beans, green bell peppers
Green herb: sage, thyme
Piquant green: jalapeño chilies
Green outdoors: new-mown grass, meadows 


1 comment:

  1. I captured an immense amount of green pepper in my latest batch of Sauvignon Blanc. It was the first time I really felt like I had experienced that taste profoundly in white wine.

    Pretty cool!