The Frugal Oenophile's Lexicon of Wine Tasting Terms
Reviewed by Dean Tudor (September 4, 2003)
The Frugal Oenophile's Lexicon of Wine Tasting Terms (Chester
Press, Suite 1415, 1011 Upper Middle Road, Oakville L6H 5Z9, 2003, 120
pages, ISBN 0-9685046-5-5, $9.95 paper covers) has been compiled by Richard
Best, known as the "Frugal Oenophile." He writes newsletters.
conducts tastings, and operates his website, www.frugal-wine.com
(Declaration of conflict: Richard Best is a Wine Writers' Circle of Canada
colleague of mine). Living in Oakville, he has easy access to the GTA
and its wealth of wine tastings.
This reference book is a basic-basic. It deals with describing some 650
alphabetically arranged terms and definitions specific to the language
of wine. Best originally compiled the work to assist himself and his students
in identifying winespeak. Most of the terms are in English, as are all
of the definitions. Some pronounciation guides are included.
At the end of the lexicon there is a quote from Jancis Robinson: "In
practice, applying words to wine is a complete free-for-all"...Now
he tells us, at the end of the book....
Of course, there are many more words that could have been identified,
but this is a good beginning. For example, while he has such terms as
"apple," "citrus," "tobacco," "cassis,"
and "berries," he doesn't relate such aromas or tastes to all
the grapes themselves. And, of course, he could have added more of the
common aromas, such as pineapple, peach and apricot, to the grape varietal.
Maybe in the next edition.
What I don't like about this book: too short; more terms could
have been added.
What I do like about this book: handy size, large type for older
eyes and dark rooms.
Quality-to-price rating: 89.