Glossary of Wine Terms
EARTHY — Describes a wine in which tastes or scents are characteristic of the soil in which the grapes were grown.
EASY — Smooth; pleasant; supple.
ELEGANT — Well-balanced, graceful; characterized by poise and finesse. A high compliment for a wine.
ENOLOGY — The study and science of wine production.
ESTATE-BOTTLED — Indicates the grapes have been grown, vinified and bottled under the supervision of a single winery.
EXTRA DRY — Term used to describe sparkling wines that are not as dry as brut (though still not pronouncedly sweet). A wine containing between 1.2 and 2 percent sugar is considered dry.
EXTRACT — Flavor substances (acids, pigments) extracted from the grape during fermentation and/or maceration.
EXUBERANT — Generously fruity and vigorous.