ageing

Lemma

ageing

Etichetta di dominio

EN

Etichetta grammaticale

n.

Definizione

The process of maturing wines so that they can improve. Those wines that benefit from ageing become less harsh, less tannic, smoother and more complex. […] ageing is necessary for some wines to reach their full potential. 1

Nota

[…] During the ageing period, acidity decreases, additional clarification and stabilisation occur as undesirable substances are precipitated, and the various components of the wine form complex compounds affecting flavour and aroma.
Wines are usually aged in wooden containers made of oak, allowing oxygen to enter and water and alcohol to escape. Extracts from the wood contribute to flavour. Humidity affects the kind of constituents that escape, with alcohol becoming more concentrated in wine stored under conditions of low humidity and weakening with high humidity. As the water and alcohol are released, volume decreases, leaving headspace, or ullage, that is compensated for by the addition of more of the same wine from another container. 2

Contesto

Certain wines (dried grape wines, for example) were suitable for ageing because of their high sugar content and were stored in sealed earthenware jars or amphorae. 3

Trascrizione fonetica

[eɪʤɪŋ] 4

Sinonimi e Antonimi

Maturing. 5

Abbreviazioni
ND
Etimologia

Age: (13th century), Middle English, from Anglo-French aage,age, from Vulgar Latin *aetaticum, from Latin aetat-, aetas, from aevum lifetime;
Ageing: (14th century, intransitive verb): to acquire a desirable quality (as mellowness or ripeness) by standing undisturbed for some time <letting cheese age>. 6

Etichetta di paese
ND
Ente

Università degli Studi di Genova - Facoltà di Lingue e letterature straniere - Corso di laurea Teorie e tecniche della mediazione interlinguistica

Data della scheda
Wed Mar 20 00:00:00 2002
Autore

Alessia Bianchi rev. Gerbaudo

Fonti

1 : «http://www.uiowa.edu/~c07w135a/glossary/glossary.html», (10/10/2011)

2 : «http://www.food-info.net/uk/products/wine/ageing.htm», (01/12/2008)

3 : «http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/age%5B2%5D?show=0&t=1318239196», (01/12/2008)

4 : «http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/ageing», (01/12/2008)

5 : «http://www.babylon.com/definition/Aging/English », (23/02/2009)

6 : «http://mw1.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/age%5B1%5D», (23/02/2009)

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