One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural vins de tablemass noun
French table wine of reasonable quality, suitable for accompanying a meal.
- ‘And when she arrived, it was in a flurry of activity and with a whiff of vin de table which was evident to anybody within a 10-yard radius.’
- ‘In reality, Vin de Pays is the second tier of the French quality hierarchy and the category just above basic vin de table.’
- ‘Our table was groaning with plates of meze and dressed with chilled bottles of Villa Doluca (the ubiquitous vin de table of Turkey).’
- ‘Monsieur and Madame Ginola were not fine wine collectors. ‘They didn't have much money, but the cellar was always full of vins de table,’ their son recalls.’
- ‘To increase the quality across the board for Burgundy there should be a similar compulsory system, where the wines that fail to meet the standards are downgraded to vin de table status.’
- ‘While making up our minds, we ordered a 500 ml carafe of the house red, which was a Roncier vin de table.’
- ‘What I try to avoid is mass-produced bottom-of-the-barrel troisième cru vin de table distilled from grapes grown in a soil unsuitable for the Chardonnay grape being passed off as potable.’
French, literally ‘table wine’.
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