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Dear Dr. Vinny,

Voluptuous, seductive, sexy. These are descriptors I often come across in tasting notes of some of the most influential figures in the wine world. Don't you think it's stretching the imagination a little too far? To me they conjure up images of Greek goddesses. When is a wine voluptuous, sexy, etc.?

—Gideon T., Lusaka, Zambia

Dear Gideon,

Wine lovers can be easy to make fun of, as their passion for wine can lead to some pretty flowery language. Usually these Greek goddess terms are meant for full wines, with a rich body and supple texture. Attaching a personality to a wine comes more naturally to some folks than others. For example, a "seductive" wine to me is one that makes me long for another sip as soon as I swallow the first.

—Dr. Vinny

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