Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Drop some acid?


What's so good about acid, man? If you read the definition of the word acid in a dictionary, it really doesn't sound like anything you'd want to put in your mouth. Chemically, it's a sour-tasting water-soluble compound that can react with a base (alkali) to form a salt. But show me a wine without adequate acid, and I'll show you a wine that's flabby and not very appealing. While too much acidity can be terribly sour, a touch of acid gives wine an appetising, mouth-watering characteristic that can be described as bright, or crisp, or fresh. Of course balance is important, and that bright component must be matched by fruit, but the fact remains that acid is not a negative term when it comes to wine. There are a number of different acids in wine, primarily tartaric (shown above), malic, citric, succinic, and lactic. The sum of these is the total acidity (TA) of a wine which winemakers generally express in grams of acid per 100 millilitres of wine. You don't really need to know all this chemistry to appreciate a good glass of wine but the fact that it exists will make your tongue extremely happy.

10 comments:

Thud said...

say what?

Vinogirl said...

Too technical for you?

monkey said...

this was what kept me reaching for that Organic wine, the acidity and the high alcahol sure was mouth watering.
Plus at the end of bottle i saw munchkins dancing around at my feet.

Vinogirl said...

So your tongue and your feet were happy?

Ron Combo said...

Excellent post Vinogirl. You should write a book on wine for dummies like me.

Vinogirl said...

Ron, it's already been done and much better than I could ever write. I really just like to drink the finished product and enjoy it.

monkey said...

drink!! Feck!! Girls!! DRINK!!!

Vinogirl said...

Who let Father Jack in here>

Lord Roby said...

Vinogirl.I see the molecule contains a hydrocarbon.Does this mean that I might spontaneously combust if I drink too much of it.And just how much would be too much?These verification words are starting to look a bit wishy washy.Is this the onset of SHC or just not enough St Emillion. Chateau Tour Fonrazade 2001 to be precise.A steal at 6.79 euros.

Vinogirl said...

Lord Roby..see 'medal' post.