Tannin Is 'Life Blood' Of A Great Red Wine

Donniella Winchell | For Ohio Tavern News
Published: 06/05/2007

In nearly every question and answer session following a wine appreciation class, questions like ""What makes those old red wines so great?"" or ""How can a 20-year-old wine be so expensive?"" inevitably emerge. A part of the answer is ""tannin.""A nonwine example helps explain its characteristics most easily. Imagine a very strong cup of tea.