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Dear Dr. Vinny,
I see the term "racy" used a lot in the tasting notes of Wine Spectator. What does this adjective really mean in the context of smell and taste?
—Not So Fast, New York
"Racy" refers to a style, not a smell or taste. A racy wine has lively acidity. It's not going to be thick or heavy, it's going to be juicy and light. To give you some non-wine context, a tart, mouthwatering lemonade is racy compared to a thick, creamy milkshake.—Dr. Vinny