I came across these two words today and decided to share them. Yes, I know, I have veered from my alphabetical wine dictionary theme. Too bad! Both of these terms have to do with the texture of a wine.
Grip – This alludes to a wine having a grip on the palate – a traction, a bold statement. This usually relates to a wine’s acid or tannin. Wine without grip feels wimpy or too light.
Makes sense to me. It’s something like meeting someone and judging them by their handshake. A limp, clammy handshake is never something pleasant. However, a good firm handshake is typically more memorable.
Silky – Describe a wine as silky if it tastes fine and smooth – like silk.
Again, this is pretty straightforward. Although I can’t think of any wines off the top of my head that I’d necessarily describe as silky. Unless you count this odd chocolate wine I had at a bonfire once. It was more like chocolate milk with a hint of red wine taste to it. I believe I have found a challenge! Time to find a silky wine.