Glossary of Wine Terms
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|Decant||The process of transferring wine from a bottle to another holding vessel. The purpose is generally to aerate a young wine or to separate an older wine from any sediment.|
|Denominacion de Origen|
Spanish for 'appellation of origin;' like the French AOC or Italian DOC.
|Denominazione di Origine Controllata||Italian for a controlled wine region; similar to the French AOC or Spanish DO.|
|Disgorge||The process by which final sediments are removed from traditionally made sparkling wines prior to the adding of the dosage.|
|Dosage||A sweetened spirit added at the very end to Champagne and other traditionally made sparkling wines. It determines whether a wine is brut, extra dry, dry, or semisweet.|
|Douro||A river in Portugal as well as the wine region famous for producing Port wines.|
|Dry||A wine containing no more than 0.2 percent unfermented sugar.|