One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
usually with modifier French wine.‘vin blanc’
- ‘We admit to enjoying a glass or two of vin blanc and/or vin rouge of an evening.’
- ‘He jumps up, disappears, returns armed with wine, vin santo and a stack of plastic cups. ‘Go on!’’
- ‘Not surprisingly, he has discovered the utter joy to be found in a decent bottle of vin rouge.’
- ‘An inspired medical study, the French Paradox, apparently proves that a glass of vin rouge counters the worrying effects of high-cholesterol diets, namely a thickening of the arteries in the heart.’
- ‘They have learnt, through much experience, that we can literally tell at a glance (though usually over a glass of vin rouge) if what they are about to start taking will help or harm them.’
- ‘Fiona ordered roast monkfish tail, clams, cocotte potatoes and sauce vin rouge while I went for the salmon escalope, fish velouté risotto and poached egg.’
- ‘There is, however, one very basic problem with vin rouge - it stains the white linen cloths used to clean the chalices and drape the altars.’
- ‘Indeed the word ‘vinegar’ comes from the French vin aigre, meaning sour wine.’
- ‘We were forced, arms twisted up our backs, to wash the feast down with copious amounts of vin rouge and/or blanc.’
- ‘Other kinds of sweet wine are forms of fortified wines and ripaso-style wines, such as vin santo or succulent tawny ports.’
- ‘That heavenly foaming wine we know as champagne was once called vin diable, and for very good reason.’
- ‘In Bordeaux, winemakers are simply trying to make the best grand vin, or top wine, and most will ruthlessly demote wines as they see fit.’
- ‘Paris is full of small, cozy neighborhood restaurants that serve very decent food at reasonable prices, usually enjoyed with a hearty carafe of vin rouge maison.’
- ‘Within minutes there were two vin blancs in front of us.’
- ‘You didn't think we'd toss off the idea to serve wines like moscato and vin santo, then leave you hanging, did you?’
- ‘Bring along a baguette and a bottle of vin blanc and join the judge for an idyll in the French countryside.’
- ‘Most of the big chateaux refused to release a grand vin or main chateau wine that year.’
- ‘France remains the home of organic wine, often called vin biologique, with over half of the world's registered vine-growers, notably in the warm, dry climate of the south.’
- ‘Finally, the meal comes to an end with pecorino and pear, a variety of home-made cakes, vin santo and cantucci, Marsala wine and coffee.’
- ‘You'd be better off staying at home with une bouteille de vin rouge’.’
French, literally ‘wine’.
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