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You have already seen the Wine Descriptors page where the inspiration for its title is given here. Adrienne Lehrer's book title is the next application - the title of the present page.

This was published in the UK Independent in 2009:

Though the title suggests well-polished anecdotes ... , this book is actually what it says it is. Lehrer, who teaches linguistics at the University of Arizona, explores the inventive descriptions and similes that emerge when the mouth is simultaneously occupied with wine.

A list of "descriptors" in wine literature during the Seventies include dumb, durable, frolicsome, ostentatious and senile. Lehrer notes there can be a change in connotation when words from other areas are switched to wine. Source

There is a related article here.

Another source gives more information:

In this second edition of Wine and Conversation, linguist Adrienne Lehrer explores whether or not wine drinkers (both novices and experts) can in fact understand wine words in the same way. Her conclusion, based on experimental results, is no. Even though experts do somewhat better than novices in some experiments, they tend to do well only on wines on which they are carefully trained and/or with which they are very familiar.

Does this mean that the elaborate language we use to describe wine is essentially a charade? Lehrer shows that although scientific wine writing requires a precise and shared use of language, drinking wine and talking about it, in casual, informal setting with friends is different, and the conversational goals include social bonding as well as communicating information about the wine.

Lehrer also shows how language innovation and language play, clearly seen in the names of new wines and wineries, as well as wine descriptors, is yet another influence on the burgeoning and sometimes whimsical world of wine vocabulary.

Readership: Wine lovers, ... general readers interested in language. Source
 


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Lehrer's Wine aromas
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This passage is from the Wine Descriptors  page here.
 
Adrienne Lehrer's [A L] descriptors ...  here and in brown text are from p 117 of her book.  She lists many more on page 5 and they are in the process of being added to the list and are in black text.  The task will take a while [from 26 April 2011] due to this website now being too arduous to achieve much.  It is to be replaced around the beginning of June.

When complete,* her list will be the 216 commonest words she found before 1980 [p 4].  Many are from glossaries and are defined, but many have only been used to describe one particular wine.  Therefore, all terms are attested.  However, the set is not a closed one; the wine vocabulary can be indefinitely extended.

The Revised List of 117 Wine Descriptors [p 117] in brown text arise from experiments carried out by A L before her first edition in 1983.  I thought I had completed my work of ten years on the topic.  But so much has happened in the wine world since then. p vii, 2009 edition

The work I am doing attests her view that the wine vocabulary can be indefinitely extended.

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*The longest list mentioned is here in full - two pages.  There then follows the revised list.  



 
     
   

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