How to Talk Like a Sommelier

Does talking about wine seem intimidating, like you need to spend years studying the terminology before even thinking about discussing what is in your glass? If so, you may be surprised to discover that learning just a few key terms can have you sounding like a sommelier as you sip.  Whether you simply want to impress your dinner guests or would like to ask your local wine store more specific questions about their selection, this terminology will help you sound more like a sommelier.

Mineral Notes

Wines with mineral notes have a unique taste and aroma. The closest alignment is the smell of a pencil or steel, but the taste isn’t metallic. Instead, these wines are a departure from the fruit and herbal notes you get from most other wines, and taste crisp with a slight bite. Both reds and whites can have mineral notes, and these wines are generally light and easy to sip. Mineral-tasting wines have become increasingly popular, so your wine store is likely to have a few bottles that fit the bill on their shelves.


The suppleness of wine refers to how it feels when you drink it. Supple wines glide over your palate smoothly, and are usually low in tannins. As such, white wines almost exclusively fall into this category, although in varying degrees depending on the grape. Lighter reds can also have some supple qualities. Bold reds, which are very tannic, tend to be chalky rather than supple. This doesn’t mean that they taste chalky, but rather that they leave their traces on your palate for a longer time.


Angular wines are for discerning palates. They are bold in flavor and often acidic, but in a pleasing way. Many people don’t like angular flavors when they are new to drinking wine, but as they become more accustomed, they tend to enjoy these more challenging flavors.

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