Why So Serious?: Using Wine Speak to Unite

Learning about wine has a lot in common with learning a new  language.  For instance, to say that a wine is “oxidative” condenses into one word a specific concept that requires  a few sentences to explain.  This is the crux of language.  And to those starting to learn, the experience is largely the same, like when you told the sommelier that you liked how the wine was so sweet and fruity, to which he smiled and reported that the wine was bone dry.  And the reaction tends to be similar: laugh it off, cringe a little, and try not to talk about wine until you know what you are doing.  But with wine, this seems unnecessary.  Sure, you may not understand the concept of “bone dry,” but there must be a better way to discuss it that doesn’t leave you feeling dismissed…right?

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