7 Wine Words You’re Probably Mispronouncing

 

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Even the most seasoned wine aficionados have biffed a wine word here or there. Here’s our quick guide to pronouncing some of wine world’s most wonky words.

1) MERITAGE
Always: MARE-ih-tej
Never: MARE-ih-TAHJ

This word, created to describe American-crafted, Bordeaux-style red blends, is a mashup of “merit” and “heritage.”

2) GEWüRZTRAMINER
geh-VERTZ-trah-MEE-ner

There’s an inside joke in the wine world that if you can’t pronounce Gundlach-Bundschu* Gewürztraminer you shouldn’t be driving. If you’re ever in doubt, just use the shortened version: geh-VERTZ. Oh, and call a taxi.

3) RIEDEL
Rhymes with “beetle.” It’s a type of German stemware, and everyone calls it “rye-DELL” until they know better.

4) BEAUJOLAIS
Just say “BOH-juh-LAY.”

5) VERAISON
ver-AY-zhun
This describes the transformation of green grapes into red grapes. It happens every year. It’s mispronounced every day.

6) VIN DE PAYS
VAN-deh-PAY-ee
Literally translated as “country wine.” this phrase describes affordable French wines that are just above table wines, but not quite as fine as some wines above it. If you’re ever in doubt, just say “VDP.” Then, drink up!

7) TROCKENBEERENAUSLESE
Nobody actually knows how to pronounce this. If you want to order one, just point.

Is there a wine word that trips you up every time? Share it with us here, and we’ll get through it together.

 

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