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Dear Dr. Vinny,

Aside from affecting the structure of a wine, does artificially acidifying wine affect the nose or palate of the wine?

—Mike, via the Internet

Dear Mike,

“Acidifying” a wine is just what it sounds like—the addition of acid to wine, used (when legal) in warm climates to balance a wine’s components. The process shouldn’t change a wine’s flavor profile, but the extra acidity might add a sense of freshness, or amplify a wine’s already-existent fruit flavors.

—Dr. Vinny

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