Glossary of Wine Terms
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|Douro||A river in Portugal as well as the wine region famous for producing Port wines.|
|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.|
|Disgorge||The process by which final sediments are removed from traditionally made sparkling wines prior to the adding of the dosage.|
|Denominazione di Origine Controllata||Italian for a controlled wine region; similar to the French AOC or Spanish DO.|
|Denominacion de Origen|
Spanish for 'appellation of origin;' like the French AOC or Italian DOC.
|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.|
|Cru||A French term for ranking a wineis inherent quality, i.e. cru bourgeois, cru classe, premier cru, and grand cru.|
|Crianza||A Spanish term for a red wine that has been aged in oak barrels for at least one year.|
|Corked||A wine with musty, mushroomy aromas and flavors resulting from a cork tainted by TCA (trichloroanisol).|
|Cooperative||A winery owned jointly by multiple grape growers.|
A key determinant of a wine's age and quality; white wines grow darker in color as they age while red wines turn brownish orange.
Pronounced 'Cloh,' this French word once applied only to vineyards surrounded by walls.
|Claret||An English name for red Bordeaux.|
|Chianti||A scenic, hilly section of Tuscany known for fruity red wines made mostly from Sangiovese grapes.|
|Chenin Blanc||A white grape common in the Loire Valley of France.|
French for 'castle;' an estate with its own vineyards.
|Chardonnay||Arguably the best and most widely planted white wine grape in the world.|
|Chaptalization||The process of adding sugar to fermenting grapes in order to increase alcohol.|
|Champagne||A denominated region northeast of Paris in which Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier grapes are made into sparkling wine.|
|Chablis||A town and wine region east of Paris known for steely, minerally Chardonnay.|