A couple days ago we sent out an email asking for nominations for the most difficult-to-pronounce wine words. From the response, we’ve come to a pretty sad conclusion: There are a whole lot of wines NOT being ordered because no one knows how to say their names.
I have to admit, there have been plenty of times that I’ve snubbed a wine on a restaurant list because trying to say the name out loud would be humiliating. But I don’t ignore hard-to-pronounce wines anymore. First – because I don’t embarrass as easily as I once did. Second – because pointing works just fine.
Still, I like to sound informed and sophisticated. (Okay, call me shallow…It’s not how much I actually know that counts. It’s how much other people THINK I know!) If you want to sound knowledgeable next time you order one of these thirteen wines, here are their pronunciations.
Grüner Veltliner GROO-ner FELT-lee-ner
Mâcon Villages mah-KAWN vee-LAHZH
Vinho Verde VEEN-yoh VEHR-deh
Although it didn’t make anyone else’s list, here’s a wine name that I always have trouble with: Vernaccia di San Gimignano. I think this one deserves a trip to Italy. I’ll get back to you with the correct pronunciation upon my return.
By Saucy Sis 1