by Staff Writer - C. Barnett | January 03, 2012

Acidity is a term that refers to the amount of acid in a wine. All wine naturally contains some acid. Acid is necessary for wines to age and to gives it a crisp and lively quality.

Acidity is vital for the life and balance of wine. Those wines with too much acidity tend to be bitter and harsh, but a certain amount of acidity is necessary to give a wine firmness. Excessive acid is often detected in the aftertaste. Acid is tasted on the sides of the mouth and tongue. The acidity in wine is what causes your mouth to water after sipping the wine.

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