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Acid Trip: MarioLunaSomm’s Range of Acidity in Wine

Warning! You are about to go on an “Acid Trip!”

Acid Trip

 Just Kidding…

Acid in wine is a funny thing: too little and a wine feels fat and flabby, but too much acidity will put your mouth on burn notice. Some wine experts will tell you that there is a “perfect” level of acidity that wine should have (by the way, sommeliers are notorious acid hounds – we just love us some zippy wine! Probably because our palates are pretty much shot at the end of a long shift tasting big, bold, tannic reds), but acidity in wine runs the gamut, and finding a white wine you love may be as simple as realizing how much acidity your palate can take.

What am I Looking for in Feeling Acidity in Wine?

Check out the video blog and learn the ranges of acidity and how they feel in your mouth!

Mario’s Picks for Your “Acid Trip”

Lower Acidity: Trimbach Gewurtztraminer

The aromas begin with aromas of rose petals, grapefruit, lychee, and melon on the nose. Gewurztraminers tend to end with a full-bodied, spicy, and fatty finish. The grape’s acidity is on the softer side, making the brightness that you would normally feel isn’t as noticeable.  That brightness is likely what you feel when you taste an Iced-Tea.

Medium Acidity: Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio

The aromas begin with aromas of almond, lemon, lime, and white flowers on the nose with a medium-bodied, soft, and brighter feel finish. That brightness also causes your mouth to create salivation while enjoying wines that have medium-acidity.

High Acidity:Craggy Range Sauvignon Blanc

The aromas begin with gooseberries, asparagus, lime, and grapefruit on the nose with lighter-bodied, tart fruit, and intense brightness with the higher levels of acidity. You can instantly feel your mouth salivating and feel sharpness while tasting this style of wine


So which is your type of “Acid Trip?” Email us at and let’s continue the conversation!



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