About Us
Blog Index
© 2016 Wolfgang Bitterolf
...a blog about the lighter side of wine...



December 8, 2016


Looking into tannins was probably the most boring research I have done for the Winedabbler. I guess if you are into chemistry it could be a turn on to see all the different polyphenolic biomolecules that make up tannins, but for me that's a turn-off.

Tannins occur naturally in the skin, seeds and stems of grapes. Vintners love them because they are natural antioxidants - which also is a good thing for us humans.

Most wines, and particularly red wines, contain some level of tannins. Since tannins affect the taste of wine (and can increase your chances of getting a hangover) I decided to look into tannins anyway.

Tannins make wines ''dry'' - that dry feeling in your mouth. This is most noticeable in Cabernet Sauvignons; they tend to have the highest level of tannins.

I would not be surprised if a Cabernet Sauvignon that is very tannic could make your mouth pucker and thus could make men look like Donald Trump and women like Marilyn Monroe.

To the best of my knowledge the images used are in the public domain.

Click here to leave a comment.