Wine Glossary H

Tuesday, September 4th, 2007 at 12:00 am

Half-bottle: This only means a bottle which holds 375 milliliters or about 3/8 of a liter.

Hard: Means "firm". It is a characteristic that commonly comes from wines having acidity and tannin which are quite high. It is often one of the ways that you can describe red wines.

Harmonious: This means that a wine is well-balanced as well as no other not lacking in anything or not having anything that is obtrusive in it.

Harsh: Used to describe astringent wines that are tannic or high in alcohol.

Hazy: This is one of the ways that you can describe wine which has only minute parts of visible matter. This is a type of characteristic of a wine that is good if it is unfined and unfiltered.

Heady: How one would describe high-alcohol wines.

Hearty: These are how full, warm and sort of rustic wines are described. The rustic characteristic is one of the properties that is found in red wines with high alcohol content. 

Herbaceous: Describes the aroma and the taste of herbs that can be found in wine. This is a good trait to be found in several wines such as Sauvignon Blanc and to a much lesser extent in Cabernet and Merlot wines. The term "herbal" is a synonym for this.

Hollow: Wine that is short of flavor. This is a wine which has a first taste and a short finish. The lack of flavor is at the mid-palate and therefore needs more depth.

Hot: Denotes a wine with high alcohol. If a wine which is unbalanced tends to burn with heat on the finish, it is therefore called "hot". This is particularly acceptable in Port-style wines.