“Please help me resolve an issue with my wine drinking pals: How do you define the term 'big wine?’" —Dudley N. (Alaska)

Well Dudley, I’m guessing you and your friends know how to have a good time. When wine pros use the term “big wine,” they are most often referring to a wine with bold flavors, a full body, and a high alcohol content. Such wines, if they’re red, often also possess a lot of tannin, and are therefore highly structured. New World cabernet sauvignons can be big wines, as can merlots, zinfandels and syrahs. Among white wines, New World chardonnays can be quite big. Cheers.

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