Magazines such as Wine Enthusiast and websites such as WineFolly.com, FrenchScout.com and WineIntro.com provide detailed descriptions of different types of wine. Wine Enthusiast also provides extensive information on its website, winemag.com. Wine Folly also provides an extensive list defining the terms commonly used to describe wines.
Some of the terms that describe wines include the acidity or tartness of the wine, which is also associated with brightness, a term that describes wines with higher acidity levels. Big wines have potent flavor, while complex wines have flavor that changes from the time you taste it until the second you swallow it. Other frequently used terms include creamy or buttery, which indicate a wine that's been aged in oak.