Episode from the podcastWine for Normal People

Ep 099: What is Tannin?

Released Sunday, 2nd March 2014
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You may think you know everything you need to know about tannin but in what could be our dorkiest podcast yet, we share a bunch of nerdy facts about tannin. And the show outline:

What are tannins?


  • They're the stuff that makes your mouth feel dry or pucker after you drink a red wine or a white that’s been aged in oak.

  • They are polyphenols – Chemical compounds in reds that easily bind to stuff, change often 

  • They affect color, flavor, and structure of the wine and act as a preservative – tannic wines can be cellared for a long time

  • They are Important in food and wine pairing – protein helps minimize tannins


Where do tannins come from?:


  • Found in skin, stems, seeds or from barrels or wood chips (tannin powder in the cheap wine)

  • Some words on tanning leather and how tannins impact animal skins

  • Vineyard management and winemaking


We then cover tannic food and high tannin wines including the big four:


  • Nebbiolo

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Tannat

  • Syrah


Enjoy and please drop any comments or questions here or on Facebook or Twitter!

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40m 55s
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