I have started this thread because I failed.
I was in a pizza restaurant in a town in central England on my way home and there were only 4 red wines listed, all by grape with very little other information (no region, producer, or vintage) and a three word description.
I chose the ‘Primitivo’ (the most expensive on the list), but was away from the table when the bottle came to taste, so my wife had to taste it. She was shocked, but it was not corked, so she accepted it.
My spider-sense ‘warning signs’ would have been tingling if I had been there. The label was all black with a logo of start reflecting from it. This is the sort of wine that advertises its “dark chocolate” notes and likes to describe itself as “sensuous” or “opulent”
If you read these words on the label or wine list, BEWARE!
The wine was confected, with massive sweet residual sugar notes. It advertised itself as only 13% but the remaining 3%+ of alcohol that might have been fermented was still there in the wine - as sugar.
My wife and I exchanged glances after a sip and I was tasked to exchange the whole bottle for two glasses of anything else on the list!
If you like the likes of ‘Apothic’, the semi-sweet style of wines that have been hitting the market recently, then these are cues for you, but otherwise they are probably words to try and avoid.