Word of the Week: Merlot

Merlot is defined as a dry red wine made from a widely grown grape originally used in the Bordeaux region of France for blending. First grown in the Bordeaux region of France, the first cultivation of the grape dates back to the 1st century AD.  Today, Merlot is one of the most commonly planted grapesContinue reading “Word of the Week: Merlot”

Word of the Week: Syrah

Syrah is defined as a grape whose skin has a dark blue to bluish-black color that was originally grown in the northern valley of the Rhone and is now widely grown throughout the world. The grape is known for its fruity and peppery aromatic profile and tannic mouthfeel.  Although the Syrah grape originates from FranceContinue reading “Word of the Week: Syrah”

Word of the Week: Sherry

Sherry is defined as a Spanish fortified wine with a distinctive nutty flavor. It is made of white grapes such as the Palomino, which are grown in the Andalusia region of Spain.  The word Sherry is an anglicized version of the word Xérès (Jerez), which is a city in Spain. Sherry is protected under SpanishContinue reading “Word of the Week: Sherry”

Word of the Week: Champagne

Champagne is a white sparkling wine made in the old province of Champagne, France. Champagne is primarily made from the grapes Pinot noir and Pinot meunier, and is one of the most popular sparkling wines in the US.   The sparkling wine Champagne is named after the Champagne region of France. In fact, many European UnionContinue reading “Word of the Week: Champagne”

Word of the Week: Chardonnay

Chardonnay is a dry white table wine typically made from a single white grape variety. This grape is originally from the Burgundy region in France, but is now grown all over the world.     The word Chardonnay is derived from the Latin word “Cardonnacum,” which means “where the thistle grows.” The Thistle is a nativeContinue reading “Word of the Week: Chardonnay”

Word of the Week: Sangiovese

Sangiovese is a red wine grape that originates in Italy. Today, it is the most grown red wine grape in Tuscany, but the grape originated from Southern Italy in the regions of Calabria and Sicily. The word Sangiovese derives its name from the Latin sanguis Jovis or “the blood of Jupiter’” due to its darkContinue reading “Word of the Week: Sangiovese”

Word of the Week: Summer

The word summer is a noun and is defined as the season between spring and autumn comprising (in the northern hemisphere) of the months of June, July, and August or astronomically extending from the June solstice to the September equinox. First used before the 12th century, the word summer derives from the Old English wordContinue reading “Word of the Week: Summer”

Word of the Week: Autumn

The word autumn is a noun and defined as the season between summer and winter comprising (in the northern hemisphere) of the months of September, October, and November or astronomically extending from the September equinox to the December solstice.  The word autumn  was first used in the 15th century and derived from the Latin wordContinue reading “Word of the Week: Autumn”

Word of the Week: Winter

The word winter is a noun and defined as the season between autumn and spring comprising (in the northern hemisphere) of the months of December, January, and February or extending from the December solstice to the March equinox. First used before the 12th century, the word winter derives from Proto-Germanic “wintru-” or “wet”, but unfortunatelyContinue reading “Word of the Week: Winter”

Word of the Week: Spring

The word spring is a noun and is defined as the season between winter and summer comprising (in the northern hemisphere) of the months of March, April, and May or astronomically extending from the March equinox to the June solstice. First used before the 12th century, the word spring derives from the Old English wordContinue reading “Word of the Week: Spring”