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Dear Dr. Vinny,
What does it mean when a wine has a “foursquare finish”?
—Ron, Washington, D.C.
Though “foursquare” these days often refers to a location-based social networking website that allows folks to check in and let their friends know where they are … it actually has another meaning. A “foursquare” building or structure is solid or firm. To call a person “foursquare” is to refer to them as reliable, blunt or direct.
So a foursquare wine is direct and solid. It’s typically a positive note, though it can be a bit of a backhanded compliment, if a wine is lacking in nuance or subtlety. You should be able to tell by the context of the tasting note and the score if its foursquareishness was a positive or negative characteristic, or both.
And no, drinking a “foursquare” wine will not make you the Mayor of Wine City.
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