From Cork Dorks to Cougar Juice: The Wine World’s Lingo

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Ben Schott delivers another installment of shorthand and slang with a few dozen wine words used by industry professionals. A veritable assortment of all-star sommeliers including L'Apicio's Joe Campanale, Corkbuzz's Laura Maniec, and Eleven Madison Park's Dustin Wilson contributed various code words and such used by the folks who pour your wine in restaurants. So-called "cork dorks" revel in the weirdest lines on the list, "grandma wines" are safe bets, a few sommeliers consider prized or cherished list wines their "kids." "Cougar juice," it turns out, doesn't denote the start of a long and torrid night, it's just lingo used to describe California Chardonnays and Malbecs. [NYT]