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Wine Pronunciation Guide

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Raise your hand if you've ever ordered a particular kind of wine simply because you could pronounce it. Here's a phonetic breakdown of popular wines, grapes, and wine terms so you can chat up the sommelier [sum-muhl-YAY] next time you're out for a nice dinner.

Alvarinho [ahl-vah-ree-nyoh]

Albariño [al-bah-ree-nyoh]

Armagnanc [ahr-mahn-YAK]

Barbera [bar-BEH-rah]

Beaujolais [boh-zhuh-LAY]

Bordeaux [bohr-DOH]

Brut [BROOT]

Cabernet Franc [KA-behr-nay FRAHN (FRAHNGH)]

Cabernet Sauvignon [ka-behr-NAY so vihn-YOHN (soh-vee-NYAWN)]

Cava [KAH-vah]

Chablis [sha-BLEE; shah-BLEE]

Chardonnay [shar-dn-AY; shar-doh-NAY]

Châteauneauf-du-Pape [shah-toh-nuhf-doo-PAHP]

Chenin Blanc [SHUH-ihn BLAHN (BLAHNGK)]

Colombard [KAHL-hm-bahrd (Fr. Kaw-lawn-BAHR)]

Côtes du Rhone [koht deu ROHN]

Cuvée [koo-VAY]

Fumé Blanc [FOO-may BLAHN; BLAHNGK]

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

Grenache [gruh-NAHSH]

Kir [KEER]

Madeira [muh-DEER-uh]

Malbec [mahl-behk]

Merlot [mehr-LOH; mer-LOH]

Muscat [MUHS-kat; MUHS-kuht]

Petite Sirah; Petite Syrah [peh-TEET sih-RAH; peh-TEET see-RAH]

Pinot Blanc [PEE-noh BLAHN (BLAHNGK)]

Pinot Gris [PEE-noh GREE]

Pinot Noir [PEE-noh NWAHR]

Pouilly-Fuissé [poo-yee fwee-SAY]

Prosecco [praw-SEHK-koh; proh-SEHK-koh]

Riesling [REEZ-ling; REES-ling]

Rioja [ree-oh-hah]

Rosé [roh-ZAY]

Sancerre [sahn-SEHR]

Sangiovese [san-joh-VAY-zeh; san-jaw-VAY-zeh]

Sauternes [soh-TEHRN]

Sauvignon Blanc [SOH-vihn-yohn BLAHN; SOH-vee-nyawn BLAHNGK]

Semillon [say-mee-YHON; she-mee-YOHN (Fr. Say-mee-YAWN)]

Syrah [see-RAH]

Terroir [teh-RWAHR]

Verdelho [vehr-DEH-lyoh]

Verdicchio [vehr-KEEK-kyoh]

Viognier [vee-oh-NYAY]

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