A Guzzler's Glossary

From amontillado to uisge beatha, we've got the definitions to help you dazzle your fellow boozers. 

By Ruth Tobias

brix

A unit of measurement, it indicates the sugar content of grapes (and hence of the wines made therefrom); one degree brix amounts to one gram of sugar per 100 grams of pure grape juice. Of course, South Enders know BRIX Wine Shop (1284 Washington Street, Boston, 617.542.2749) is also a SoWa wine shop run by Carri Wroblewski and Klaudia Mally. "It's short, it's catchy, but we also like the level of mystery the name has. A lot of people think it's pronounced 'bree.' So they'll come in and ask about the pronunciation; they'll ask, 'What does it mean?' That's really what we were going for, to be able to teach something about winemaking in the process." Wroblewski and Mally also teach customers plenty about wines via the complimentary weekly tastings they host every Friday and Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m., as well as during less frequent, private sit-down events - think (or more likely dream about) Champagne-and-caviar pairings and vertical tastings of barolo - held under the heading BRIX By Night. For more information, join the store's mailing list at brixwineshop.com.