Unlike Steph Curry in the playoffs or a run of aces at the blackjack table, being described as “hot” is not a good thing when it comes to wine. It’s a term for wines that are out of balance, with too much alcohol causing a warming or burning sensation on your palate. If you’ve ever taken a shot of vodka, you know the feeling.

Hot wines often come from warm weather locales like Spain, inland California, or the southern Rhône, where temperatures don’t dip enough for the grapes to retain acidity. Without acidity, the wine’s texture turns “flabby,” and its fruit flavors become jammy, overripe, or cooked.

We don't have any wines that we would consider 'hot' on our site, for obvious reasons.

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