Check out the new, mobile-friendly WineSpectator.com!
You can browse our topics using the letters below, or search for a term.
Volatile (Volatile Acidity; VA) : Describes an excessive and undesirable amount of acidity, which gives a wine a slightly sour, vinegary edge. At very low levels (0.1 percent), it is largely undetectable; at higher levels it is considered a major defect.
Pungent: Having a powerful, assertive smell linked to a high level of volatile acidity.
Passionate about wine? Wine Spectator magazine is looking for an enthusiastic copy editor in the New York office.
Sips & Tips | Wine & Healthy Living
Video Theater | Collecting & Auctions
New! Ratings Flash | New! Unfiltered