IS THERE ANY beverage more word-worthy than wine? Do beer drinkers or cocktail connoisseurs have as large an arsenal of nouns and adjectives? While wine verbiage can certainly be excessive, even annoying, some words are actually quite useful. Here, 10 phrases you might hear bandied about, and what they really mean to wine drinkers.

1. ‘Lively acidity.’A wine without acidity is a dull, flat drink. It’s like Coke without the fizz. Acidity also acts to balance other elements of a wine, especially sweetness and tannins. While…