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Dear Dr. Vinny,

What does it mean when a professional taster describes a wine as “soupy”?

—Howard, Tyler, Texas

Dear Howard,

I don’t hear the term very often, but it’s a way to refer to very soft, plush wines and suggests broad, ripe and jammy flavors. Think, a soup from grapes. I think it refers more to reds than whites, and it’s a bit of a pejorative term, suggesting that the wine is lacking structure, or the flavors are simple and overripe.

—Dr. Vinny

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