One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural vins de paillemass noun
A rich dessert wine made chiefly in the Jura region from grapes dried or partly dried in the sun on straw mats or wire frames.
- ‘We'll probably press the grapes within the next few weeks and age them in barrel, to produce our sweet dessert vin de paille wines.’
- ‘What then can we say about the wines or ciders produced with such grapes and apples, especially in the case of icewines and vins de paille, which are highly concentrated?’
- ‘One kilogram of grapes produces about 1 bottle of normal dry wine, while for vin de paille three kilograms are needed.’
- ‘Wines of this type, including the Italian Amarone, Recioto and Vin Santo and the French vins de paille.’
- ‘Dry wines are made, and many are attractive, though tending to simplicity, but the real strength lies in the sweet wines, from ` mere’ spätlese and auslese wines, up through beerenauslese, trockenbeerenauslese, and the vins de paille, via Eiswein.’
- ‘Red wines will last for between 3 and 6 years, while vin jaune and vin de paille appear to last almost indefinitely.’
- ‘Traditionally, the process may have taken place on beds of reeds or straw, hence the French vin de paille and the Austrian strohwein, but in modern times, with commercial and financial pressures, the process is much more likely to occur in purpose-built facilities, the grapes resting on specifically designed trays.’
- ‘The wine can be made from grapes allowed to dry to raisins in baskets or on palettes, the method used for the Italian vin santo and the rare vins de paille of France's Jura region.’
- ‘both sparkling and still wines, and vin de paille may be produced anywhere.’
- ‘He has been making a vin de paille wine in tiny quantities for 10 years, with hand-numbered labels.’
French, literally ‘straw wine’.
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