One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural vins ordinaires
Cheap table wine for everyday use.
- ‘More than that, they show us life going on just as it was before, with travel and hiking and sipping vin ordinaire in a French street café.’
- ‘He was gifted but difficult - on at least one occasion he smashed one of his models at the mildest criticism from his employer - and he was noted for his heavy consumption of vin ordinaire from a nearby shop.’
- ‘Some wineries that have gotten wind of his research are interested in licensing it as a way to get rid of their excess vin ordinaire.’
- ‘It was once known as vin de consommation courante or, less formally, vin ordinaire.’
- ‘There are so many iconic images, but who can forget the one of the cheeky Parisian boy strutting down Rue Mouffetard with a large, shiny, bottle of vin ordinaire tucked under each arm?’
- ‘Pasta, baguettes and vin ordinaire are familiar staples on a skiing holiday, but not for guests at Le Chardon Mountain Lodges, in Val d' Isère, where packets of penne and vinegary red wine are definitely off the evening menu.’
- ‘Wine lovers are familiar with the adequate little red wine that better restaurants serve as their vin ordinaire.’
French, literally ‘ordinary wine’.
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