Apparently, of all the words used to describe wine, ‘zesty’, ‘fresh’ and ‘peachy’ are three of the most easily understood. At least, they are according to recent research which asked drinkers to rate 43 words and phrases for helpfulness in describing the taste of wine. I can’t help thinking it might just be that zesty, fresh and peachy are three of the words that most easily make us feel perky and thirsty. I speak for myself here. As I write this, just the ring of them on the keyboard is enough to make me check there is a bottle of white – it would have to be white; zesty, fresh and peachy would never be red – in the fridge for later. The same research found that almost no one had a clue what ‘brooding’ or ‘spring hedgerows’ might mean. Well, I can understand the difficulty with brooding – metaphor is always a bit tricky, unless you’re Shakespeare and then it’s genius – but spring hedgerows? C’mon, guys, it’s spring, go out, find a country lane and get sniffing.While you’re at it, maybe keep a nostril open (just one, it’s not a very nice smell) for ‘foxy’ – another term used to describe the whiff of wines, usually those made from vitis labrusca rather than vitis vinifera. And if you say that, you’ll sound like an expert. In the meantime, here is a zesty, fresh and peachy wine I tasted at Marks & Spencer the other day. I would also like to add the description, ‘crisp.’ Can we stretch to crisp? It is, anyway.
Tapada de Villar Vinho Verde 2012 Portugal (10.5%, M&S, £6.99) Zesty, fresh and peachy. Um…do I need to say something else? Low in alcohol. Made from three grapes – loureiro, arinto and trajadura. Lovely. Not brooding. Suits sunshine and early evening. Please can I have a top-up?