Wine Words Demystified: Body

You know the deal, the more some folks learn about a topic, the more shortcuts/slang/acronyms/initials can be tossed around.  I’m here to help you understand those sometimes mysterious words and phrases, thus – Wine Words Demystified!  This week’s word is body…

According to Karen MacNeil‘s The Wine Bible:

The perceived weight of a wine in your mouth.  The perception is dependent on alcohol – the higher the alcohol content, the more full-bodied the wine.  As a point of reference, consider the relative weights of skim milk, whole milk and half-and-half.  Light-bodied wines feel like skim milk, medium-bodied wines like whole milk, and full-bodied wines like half-and-half

In other words, the texture of  the wine in your mouth.  Generally speaking the more full-bodied the wine, the better it’s perceived to be.