Wine Vocabulary - Caudalie
Today's topic is a characteristic the French call "Caudalie," a term used to measure the persistent flavors that remain in your mouth after you swallow (or spit out) the wine. An approximate English translation might be "aftertaste" or "finish," but the French take it one step further: Caudalie measures the actual duration of the wine's finish in seconds! So a wine rated as "15 Caudalie" lingers on the palate, in the taster's estimation, for 15 seconds.
Personally, I find this a little more precise than I need in wine tasting, and you won't see me adding Caudalie to my wine reports. But the underlying lesson it teaches is a good one: When you're tasting wine for education as well as enjoyment, it never hurts to focus closely on the details.
Wine Lovers' Page features Caudalie, among other terms, in our Wine Lovers' Lexicon, http://www.wineloverspage.com/lexicon/. If you would like to give your French a workout, there's a thorough, all-French glossary on the excellent and content-rich French Website WineCampus.com, at http://www.winecampus.fr/database/pagephp/phpTravail/mainTravail.php3?rub=3&lng=33. (To make this long link work, take care that your software hasn't split it into more than one line. When you reach this page, click "Glossaire" at the bottom to find the Glossary.)
About yesterday's E-mail subject
In other words, many of you received yesterday's bulletin under Friday's subject, making it appear to be a duplicate of "Wine in Pills" rather than the new subject "Wine Tasting 101."
I apologize for the confusion, and don't expect that I'll make the same mistake in the same form again. If by chance you discarded the edition unread, thinking that it was a duplicate, you can find an archived copy online at http://www.wineloverspage.com/wineadvisor/tswa010611.shtml.
Tuesday, June 12, 2001