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Q: What are the differences between East and West Coast Oysters?
A: See my post on East vs. West Coast Oysters and Wine Pairing
Q: What does tannin mean when referring to wine ?
A: Tannin is the drying sensation felt on the teeth, gums, tongue and inner cheeks (not to be confused with dryness/sweetness). It comes from the skin, seeds and stems of grapes. Think of drinking dark black tea without any milk or sugar. The right amount of tannin is a good thing. It gives structure and complexity to wine and anchors it through maturity. Check out “Women are like fine wine” for a witty way to detect and remember wine descriptors.
Q: What does it mean when people describe a wine as “balance” ?
A: The ULTIMATE GOAL of a winemaker is to strike a balance of sweetness, tannin, acidity, etc. when the bottle is ready to be uncorked. The characteristics are all present, but one does not overpower the other. Check out “Women are like fine wine” for a witty way to detect and remember wine descriptors.