Wednesday, June 5, 2013

How Do You Say That?

I am out of commission for a couple of weeks, due to hand surgery.  Here's a look at some wine pronunciations taken from the Americas Wine Trail site, with explanations and pictures.

These are just a few of those frustrating wine, grape, and regional names, and some info about them. Practice so that you can amaze your friends with next time you go wine-tasting ; )

Beaujolais Wine
Beaujolais Wine Region
Beaujolais [boh-zhuh-LAY]

Refers to a French wine region, and a red wine. from there.

Bordeaux, France
Bordeaux [bohr-DOH]

A city and wine region in France, and a red wine made there.

Catawba Grapes
Catawba (ca-taw-ba)

American grape, usually yields a pink wine.

Chambourcin Grapes
Chambourcin Wine
Chambourcin (sham-bor-san)

French-American hybrid grape that crafts into a red wine.

Glass of Gewurztaminer

Gewurztraminer Grapes
Gewürztraminer [guh-vurts-TRAH-MEE-NER]

From the German-speaking region of northern Italy, it is of the Traminer family.

Glass of Merlot

Merlot Grapes
Merlot [mehr-LOH; mer-LOH]

An Old French word for blackbird.  An excellent wine grape for blending and for crafting alone.

Pinot Gris Grapes
Glass of Pinot Gris
Pinot Gris [PEE-noh GREE]

A mutant clone of the Pinot Noir grape, gris means grey in French.

Rioja Wine
Rioja Region in Spain

Rioja [ree-oh-hah]

Wines from the Northern region of Spain.

Glass of Sangiovese Win
Sangiovese Grapes
Sangiovese [san-joh-VAY-zeh; san-jaw-VAY-zeh]

Wine grape from Tuscany, Italy.

Viognier Grape
Glass of Viognier Wine

Viognier [vee-oh-NYAY]

French wine grape from the Rhone Valley.

There are plenty more to learn or review at

Now, have a glass of wine for me and

~ Joy