Posted by: Jack Henry | December 21, 2021

Editor’s Corner: ‘Tis the Season—Let’s Have Wine

Good morning, and happy holidays!

If we’re lucky, we’ll have the opportunity to spend time with family and friends this holiday season. You might even be invited to someone else’s home, and if you are so fortunate, you might want to take a bottle of wine. But if you’re like me, someone who enjoys an occasional glass of wine, but who cannot really tell much difference between the taste of Charles Shaw ($2.00 to $3.00 per bottle) and Domaine Romanée-Conti ($19,700–$551, 314)—not that I’ve ever had it—you might also want to know how to pronounce the name of the kind of wine you take with you.

So, here’s a short primer on how to sound like a wine expert. Let’s start with the name of the person who actually is an expert on fine wine:

  • sommelier (sawm-uh-l-YAY)

And now for the wines themselves. Following are seventeen types of wine and a pronunciation guide. Join me in at least sounding like I know what I’m drinking. Happy holidays!

Wine Pronunciation
cabernet sauvignon CAB-er-nay soh-vin-YOH(n)
gewurztraminer geh-VERTS-truh-meen-er
grenache gruh-NOSH
montepulciano d’Abruzzo mon-TAY-pul-chee-AH-noh dah-BRUTE-so
moscato moh-SKAH-toh
muscadet moos-kah-DAY
pinot noir PEE-noh nwar
riesling REECE-ling
rioja ree-OH-hah
sangiovese san-jo-VAY-zee
sauvignon blanc SOH-vin-yoh(n) blohnk
semillon seh-mee-YHO(n)
shiraz shih-RAHZ or shih-RAHS
syrah see-RAH
tempranillo tem-prah-NEE-yoh
vinho verde VEEN-yo VAYR-deh
zinfandel ZIN-fuhn-del

Donna Bradley Burcher |Technical Editor, Advisory | Symitar®

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