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The Rose & Crown Hotel
Le Huret, Alderney
UK Channel Islands

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A.O.C.: Abbreviation for Appellation d`Origine Contrôlée, the government agency that controls wine production in France.

A.P. number: Abbreviation for Amtliche Prüfnummer, the official testing number displayed on a German wine label that shows that the wine was tasted and passed government quality control standards.

Acetic: In large quantities acetic acid smells unpleasantly of vinegar.

Acetone: High toned estery aroma, connected with ethyl ester acetate or with nail varnish - like amyl acetate.

Acidity: The quality of wine that gives it its crispiness and vitality. A proper balance of acidity must be struck with the other elements of a wine, or else the wine may be said to be too sharp - having disproportionately high levels of acidity - or too flat - having disproportionately low levels of acidity.

Aftertaste: A tasting term for the taste left on the palate after wine has been swallowed.

Aging barrel: A barrel used to age wine or distilled spirits.

Alcohol: An essential component, binding and preserving. In the pure form the higher alcohols, amyl and butyl have an unpleasant, throat catching odor. Ethanol presents in its pure form a burning sensation. However, diluted as wine, alcohol is scarcely detectable on the nose though it can be assessed by its weight in the mouth. It is also commonly used to refer to alcoholic beverages in general.

Alternative wine closures: Various substitutes used in the wine industry for sealing wine bottles in place of traditional cork closures.

Amphora: A type of ceramic vase, used for transporting and storing wine in ancient times.

Angel`s share: The portion of a wine in an ageing barrel that is lost to evaporation.

Anthocyanin: Phenolic pigments that give red wine its colour.

Appellation: A geographical based term to identify where the grapes for a wine were grown.

Aroma: The smell of a wine. The term is generally applied to younger wines, while the term ``Bouquet`` is reserved for more aged wines.

Astringent: A mouth-drying effect usually caused by tannin. Can be beneficial in moderation.

Attack: The first impression of wine in your mouth.

Backbone: The tannins upon which hang a wine's flavours; it enables a wine to develop.

Balance: The harmonious relationship of the components of wine - acids, fruit, tannins, alcohol, etc. - resulting in a well proportioned, or well balanced, wine.

Barrel: A hollow cylindrical container, traditionally made of wood staves, used for fermenting and aging wine. Sometimes called a `cask`.

Barrique: The French name for a 225 litre Bordeaux style barrel.

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