One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Cheap table wine for everyday use.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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?’
- ‘Wine lovers are familiar with the adequate little red wine that better restaurants serve as their vin ordinaire.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘It was once known as vin de consommation courante or, less formally, vin ordinaire.’
- ‘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.’
French, literally ‘ordinary wine’.
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