Definition of Liebfraumilch in US English:

Liebfraumilch

noun

  • A light white wine from the Rhine region.

    • ‘‘White with chicken and red with beef’ may have steered your parents safely through a torrential sea of Lambrusco and Liebfraumilch, but that just doesn't cut it anymore.’
    • ‘Sure, as a student, I drank Liebfraumilch and Rioja like everyone else, pretty much without thinking.’
    • ‘God be with the days when Blue Nun and Liebfraumilch were seen to be the height of sophistication on our dinner tables.’
    • ‘How did Liebfraumilch end up making condiment versions of their bottles, and how did these end up in an eccentric bread and breakfast place?’
    • ‘The Irish have come a long way since the days when a bottle of sweet German Liebfraumilch would be enough for us.’
    • ‘Germany's great whites are still hugely underpriced, thanks to their association with Liebfraumilch.’
    • ‘So you rummage around hopefully in the drinks cupboard and sure enough you find the dusty bottle of Romanian Liebfraumilch.’
    • ‘Britain's transformation into a nation of wine drinkers began in the 1970s, with the domestic craze for German brands such as Blue Nun and Liebfraumilch.’
    • ‘Another factor in Riesling's fall from grace was its connection with one of the UK's most purchased wines (strangely few ever admit to it) - Liebfraumilch.’
    • ‘Then, about 40 years ago, an influx of cheap, sugar-added sweet wines hit our shelves, with Liebfraumilch being a chief offender.’
    • ‘If you ask for wine at one of my locals, you are offered a choice between a lukewarm Liebfraumilch or an oxidised Moroccan red that tastes like creosote.’
    • ‘They're nearly on a par with Liebfraumilch, and either given as an insult or in jest.’
    • ‘In the glory days of the 1970s, when sickly Liebfraumilch ruled the land and the most sophisticated wine generally available was an oval bottle of Mateus Rosé, red wine sales barely existed.’
    • ‘The wines always preserve something flowery or spicy from their predominately German vine varieties but anybody looking for light, bland Liebfraumilch or delicate, ethereal, sweet Rieslings will not find them here.’
    • ‘Classic tinned wines included Liebfraumilch, Hock, Lambrusco, anything sweet and feminine and not likely to taste foul after being stored in an aluminium container for several months.’
    • ‘Attitudes began to shift in the 1970s, with the domestic craze for Blue Nun and Liebfraumilch.’
    • ‘The company has now extended the Nun brand beyond the classic Liebfraumilch to dry German Riesling, French Merlot, Spanish rosé, and even Australian Shiraz.’
    • ‘Use a bit of common sense and you can serve your favourite wine with almost anything, even if it's Liebfraumilch.’
    • ‘Knocking back a tepid plastic-glassful of Liebfraumilch, I pondered on how to get a private audience.’
    • ‘Consumed within 18 months of the vintage, most Liebfraumilch is fresh, low in alcohol, flatteringly sweet, and deliberately designed to wean newcomers to wine off soft drinks.’

Origin

German, from lieb ‘dear’ + Frau ‘lady’ (referring to the Virgin Mary, patroness of the convent where it was first made) + Milch ‘milk’.

Pronunciation

Liebfraumilch

/-ˌmilk/