How on earth do you say THAT!? - A wine pronunciation guide

How on earth do you say THAT!? - A wine pronunciation guide

November 21, 2017

Picture this… you’re on a first date, all is going pretty well. You’re feeling optimistic, you’re at a nice restaurant, and your date suggests you choose the wine. Picking up the wine list, your blood runs cold… Gewürztraminer?  Châteauneuf-du-Pape?!


It can be a bit hard to order something you don’t know how to pronounce, and it’s probably happened to all of us at one point or another. It’s especially hard when you’re trying to make a good impression - whether that’s a date scenario, or you’re at a business event, and want to pass off that you know what you’re talking about!


Never fear! We’ve scoured the most common names and varieties, so you can order whichever glass or bottle you like, with reckless abandon (and moderation, of course).


Cheers!


Alsace (Ahl-sass) - Vineyard region in northeastern France


Brut (Broot) - A dry, sparkling wine (also seen as extra brut or brut natural)


Beaujolais (Bo-zho-lay) - A red wine region of Burgundy, also a fruity-style French wine


Bordeaux (Bor-doh) - Major city in France, and its wine-growing region

Bourgogne (Boor-gonn-yeh) - A wine from the Chablis region in France


Cabernet Sauvignon (Ka-ber-nay So-veen-yon) - A common, deep-flavoured red wine, can be amongst the finest reds. Typically pairs well with red meat


Chablis (shah-blee) - A French white wine made from Chardonnay grapes


Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Shah-toe-NEF-doo-parp) - A red wine, from the region of the same name in France


Chianti (Kee-yahn-tee) - A famous red wine from Tuscany


Eiswein (Ice-vine) - A sweet dessert wine made with partially frozen grapes


Gewürztraminer (geh-vairtz-trah-mee-ner) - An aromatic white wine that grows best in cooler climates


Grüner Veltliner (Grew-ner velt-lee-ner) - An Austrian dry white wine also produced in the USA


Merlot (Mer-low) - A lighter and softer style red wine


Pinot Grigio (Pee-noh gree-joe) - A white wine with crisp, citrus flavors - the same grape as Pinot Gris, but produced in the Italian style with lighter, fresher notes


Pinot Gris (Pee-noh gree) - The same grape as Pinot Grigio, but French-style, which is slightly different. Pinot Gris is typically rich and often sweet, with tropical fruit overtones


Pinot Noir (Pee-noh-nwahr) - A widely-produced red wine with typically berry flavours


Reisling (Rees-ling) - A sweeter white, typically light and easy to drink


Rioja (Ree-oh-hah) - A blend of different grape varieties from the Rioja region in Spain


Rosé (Ro-zay) - Literally meaning ‘pink’ or ‘rosy’ in French, Rosé is


Saumur (So-mure) - A white wine from the Loire Valley in France


Sauternes (So-turn) - A French sweet wine from the Sauternais region


Semillon (Seh-mee-yohn) - A golden-skinned grape making dry, sweet white wines


Sangiovese (San-joe-veh-see) - Popular Italian wine, also the base grape for many other wines


Sauvignon Blanc (So-veen-yon blahngk) - A popular dry, light-bodied white wine


Syrah (See-rah) - Another name for Shiraz (can depend on region as to what it’s called)


Tempranillo (Tem-prah-nee-yo) - A full-bodied red wine, originating from Spain


Viognier (Vee-on-yeh) - A full-bodied white wine, usually pairs well with spices and vegies


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