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Hard: A tasting term describing a wine that is excessively tannic, bitter or astringent and which lacks fruitiness.

Hectare: Unit of size for farmland in France. One hectare is approximately 2.5 acres.

Hectolitre: Common unit of measure for wines in all European wineries. One hectolitre is 100 litres.

Hock: Originally an English term to denote wines which came from Hockheim, Germany. Today the term describes the unusually tall bottle that is used for Riesling and similar wines.

Hot: Taste sensation often found in high alcohol wines. Table wines with hot taste are unpleasant to drink.

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