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Earthy

Wines with aromas and flavours reminiscent of soil, and root vegetables like beetroot.

Eau de vie

French term which literally translates as water of life. Refers to spirits derived from grapes, such as brandy.

Easy drinking

Versatile, well-balanced wines with wide appeal.

Echantillon 

French word for a sample bottle.

Edelfäule

German term for noble rot

Edelkeur

South African term for noble rot

Edes

A Hungarian sweet wine.

Effeuillage 

French word for removal of leaves from the vines, allowing more sun to ripen the grapes.

Égrappage

French word for destemming, the process of removing stems from the grapes before fermentation.

Einzellage

German term for a wine estate.

Eiswein

German word literally meaning ice wine. The wine is made from grapes which have been frozen while still on the vine.

Elaborado por...

Spanish for produced by...

Elegant

Wine tasting term referring to wines which are well balanced and substantial, without being over-heavy.

Élevage

French term for the time a wine spends maturing in barrels.

Élevé en fûts de chêne

French term meaning the wine has been matured in oak.

Embotellado por

Spanish term for bottled by...

Encépagement

French term for the proportions of grapes used in a blend.

Endnote

Another word for the wine's finish.

Enology

The science of winemaking. Also spelled oenology.

En primeur

Wine "futures" in Bordeaux where wholesalers can invest in wines before they are finished.

Enrichment

See chaptalization

Eraflage 

Another word for destemming.

Erstes Gewächs 

German for "first crop", indicating a wine from a top vineyard.

Erzeugerabfüllung

German term for estate bottled.

Erste Lage

German for "first class", indicating a top vineyard.

Estate bottled

Wine bottled on the same premises where the grapes are grown.

Ethanol

Alcohol.

Expansive

Wines with a complex range of flavours which grow and develop in the mouth.

Expectoration

Spitting - as wine tasters will do when tasting many wines.

Extra brut

Very dry.

Extra dry

Very dry. In Champagne, extra dry is sweeter than extra brut.

Extract

Pull flavour and colour from the grape flesh, seeds and skins. 

Exuberant

Wine tasting term for young, fresh wines.

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