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Dear Dr. Vinny,
Some wine tasters call some wines “sexy.” What do they mean by this?
—Donald H., North Miami Beach, Fla.
I’ll give you a hint: if someone calls a wine “sexy,” they like it.
Having used the term myself, I’ll defend the use of “sexy” as a wine descriptor. It’s an emotional response to a wine, another way of saying “seductive” or “opulent.” I find that sexy wines are often full, rich, and have a supple texture and flavors that entice you to take another sip. The opposite of a sexy wine is a wine that is stale, boring, flat or flaccid.
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