Photo provided by Wanda Haynes

Wanda Haynes,

Certified Sommelier

Tannins are an important factor of a red wine and can create interesting opinions. Polyphenols is the scientific word for the compounds of tannins.

The seeds, skins, and stems are soaked in the grape juice just after the grapes have been pressed this along with the oak barrels create tannins. Tannins provide a “wine’s pucker power”, and generally are more dominant in younger red wines. 

Tannins provide texture and mouthfeel to wine as well as a sense of weight. Hold a small puddle of wine on the middle of the tongue and decide if the wine is light weight, medium. or full bodied. Permitting the red wine to breath adequately and swirling the wine in the glass will help tame wild tannins.

Cartoon characters Dr. Wrigley & Bubble Gum Belinda are created by Sterling Haynes for “Sketching with Sterling” on WCTV. to watch episodes.

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