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Waters on wine: Jargon can confuse, mislead

Chris Waters, Special to Postmedia News

Chris Waters, Special to Postmedia News

Published on: April 6, 2018 | Last Updated: April 6, 2018 1:49 PM CST

Waters on wine: Jargon can confuse, mislead

Bodegas Trapiche 2015 Pure Black Malbec Limited Edition

The world of wine is overflowing with jargon that threatens to make it an exclusive club. For instance, wines often are described as being food-friendly or fruit-forward, which might suggest  there are wines that are hostile to food.

The reality is every wine is food-friendly because of its structure. The acidity in wines cleanses the palate between bites, which is what makes them compatible with various dishes.

Simple white wines, such as pinot grigio or soave from Italy, are considered to be extremely food-friendly because they’re neutral in flavour. They complement many different dishes because there aren’t any polarizing flavours that could clash with your meal.

While pinot grigio might not be the best match for the dish you’re enjoying, it’s unlikely it will have the jarring effect of, say, drinking orange juice after brushing your teeth with mint-flavoured toothpaste.

But acidity is a major structural component in wines of every colour and style, which means every wine could realistically be described as being food-friendly.

Fruit-forward wines define a specific style set. These are red, white or rosé wines whose first impression — perhaps sole impression — is fruity. Sometimes called fruit-driven, their aroma and flavour profile is  bursting with primary fruit as opposed to savoury, earthy or oaky notes.

This style of wine is typically produced from ripe grapes, fermented in stainless steel tanks, at cooler temperatures, and bottled quickly. Every effort is made to preserve the fruit flavours inherent in the grapes.

Like food-friendly, the term fruit-forward might be used to classify inexpensive, commercial wines without much complexity or character.

Some might see it as a judgment on a wine’s quality, but the audience for fruit-forward styles of wine is massive. The suggested wines for this week are both fruit-forward red wines that are pretty delicious. They’re also food-friendly by definition, but especially so if you’re looking to grill or roast some meat.

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Wines of the Week


Allegrini di Fumane 2015 Veneto Rosso

Veneto, Italy

$15.50 (LCBO No. 519793)

One of the most acclaimed producers in the Veneto, the Allegrini family’s value-priced Veneto Rosso shows an attractive juicy and smooth profile that’s a real crowd pleaser. A blend of regional grapes Corvina and Corvinone with Merlot, this has a ripe, jam-like character that’s nicely balanced and a great match for grilled or roasted meat dishes.


Bodegas Trapiche 2015 Pure Black Malbec Limited Edition

Mendoza, Argentina

$15.95 (LCBO No. 462861)

Like many malbecs from Argentina, this is full-bodied, with lots of stuffing. But its unique selling opportunity is what you’re tasting is all grape. The Pure on the label refers to the fact that this ripe and flavourful red is 100 per cent unoaked. The result is juicy and fresh, with an appealing core of dark fruit that’s easy to appreciate.

Waters on wine: Jargon can confuse, mislead

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