Glossary of Wine Terms
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|Pinot Blanc||A white grape popular in Alsace, Germany, and elsewhere.|
|Phylloxera||A voracious vine louse that over time has destroyed vineyards in Europe and California.|
|Pruning||The annual vineyard chore of trimming back plants from the previous harvest.|
|Press||The process by which grape juice is extracted prior to fermentation; a machine that extracts juice from grapes.|
French for 'first growth;' a high-quality vineyard but one not as good as grand cru.
|Port||A sweet, fortified wine made in the Douro Valley of Portugal and aged in the coastal town of Vila Nova de Gaia; variations include Vintage, Tawny, Late Bottled Vintage, Ruby, White, and others.|
An indication of a wine's acidity expressed by how much hydrogen is in it.
|Pinot Noir||The prime red grape of Burgundy, Champagne, and Oregon.|
|Pomace||The mass of skins, pits, and stems left over after fermentation; used to make grappa in Italy and marc in France.|
|Piedmont||An area in northwest Italy known for Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera, Dolcetto, and Moscato.|
|Riddling||The process of rotating Champagne bottles in order to shift sediment toward the cork.|
|Rose||French for ipink,i and used to describe a category of refreshing wines that are pink in color but are made from red grapes.|
|Rhone||A river in southwest France surrounded by villages producing wines mostly from Syrah; the name of the wine-producing valley in France.|
|Reserve||A largely American term indicating a wine of higher quality; it has no legal meaning.|
|Riesling||Along with Chardonnay, one of the top white grapes in the world; most popular in Germany, Alsace, and Austria.|
|Rioja||A well-known region in Spain known for traditional red wines made from the Tempranillo grape.|
|Reserva||A Spanish term for a red wine that has spent at least three years in barrels and bottles before release.|
|Racking||The process of moving wine from barrel to barrel, while leaving sediment behind.|
|Solera||The Spanish system of blending wines of different ages to create a harmonious end product; a stack of barrels holding wines of various ages.|
|Silky||A term used to describe a wine with an especially smooth mouthfeel.|