Navigating the wine store can be intimidating and confusing. Combine that experience with deciphering vague, flowery wine descriptions? You might walk away with unmet expectations or even empty-handed. Knowing the right words to use when looking for an intriguing white wine will help you learn more about what you like, understand a wine's descriptions with better clarity, and, most importantly, know how to definitively ask for what you want.
So, the next time you ask for a "balanced, medium-bodied, Old World style white wine with high acidity from the 2010 vintage"? You just might get what you've asked for.