Wine Jargon: What Is Tannin?
Ah, tannin...the fickle friend of cheese. But what is it, exactly? It appears in more than just grapes, you know.
I'm sure you know this word already. Tannin was likely the first piece of wine vocab you learned. It was definitely the first term I absorbed. The word served as explanation for why I didn't like that French red at that house party, the one nursed from the bottle, age twenty. My face had contorted, and someone pointed out Oh, that's tannin, bro.
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