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11.2010

Massachusetts Beverage Business

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JUST FOR LAUGHS . . .

For those not well-versed in wine, trying to order a difficult-to-pronounce varietal at a restaurant can be downright nerve wracking.  But really, who among us hasn’t butchered a pronunciation at one time or another?  Chef and Brewer, a pub chain, conducted a poll and came up with a list of the top ten most mispronounced wines.  Perhaps you’ve heard (or uttered) these versions:
Semillon – mispronunciation Semi-lon.  correct pronunciation Seh-Mee-Yhon.
Viognier – mispronunciation Vog-ner.  correct pronunciation Vee-oh-nee-aye.
Syrah – mispronunciation Sarah.  correct pronunciation See-rah.
Pinot Noir – mispronunciation Pea-not Noi-er.  correct pronunciation pee-noh nwahr.
Cabernet Sauvignon – mispronunciation Cabinet Soo-Vig-Non.  correct pronunciation Cab-Er-Nay Saw-Vee-Nyon.
Zinfandel – mispronunciation Zinf-un-dul.  correct pronunciation Zin-fan-del.
Grenache – mispronunciation Grench.  correct pronunciation Gree-nash.
Riesling – mispronunciation Rise-ling.  correct pronunciation Reece-Ling.
Shiraz – mispronunciation Sher-raze.  correct pronunciation Sheer-raz.
Sauvignon Blanc – mispronunciation So-vig-non blank.  correct pronunciation Saw vee nyon blohnk.

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