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Thursday, 29 August 2013

All About Wine

Idioms with the word Wine

Wine and dine: to entertain or be entertained with a meal and wine:
We wined and dines them until late into the night.
The cliché "wine, women, and song" is a rhetorical figure of a triad or hendiatris (Hendiatris ( a figure of speech used for emphasis, in which three words are used to express one idea). A modern version of this tripartite motto is "Sex, drugs and rock and roll". The terms correspond to wine, women and song with edgier and updated vices. The term was popularised by the hippies, and composed by Ian Dury in his 1977 song of the same name.
The phrase "days of wine and roses" means a period of happiness and prosperity. It originally comes from the poem "Vitae Summa Brevis" by the English writer Ernest Dowson (1867–1900):
They are not long, the days of wine and roses:
Out of a misty dream
Our path emerges for a while, then closes
Within a dream.

Special Vocabulary: Wine

Wine is an alcoholic drink made from grapes
white / red wine
It can also be made from fruit
apple wine
Table wine is wine intended for drinking with a meal, especially wine that is not very expensive.
A wine bar is a type of bar that serves mainly wine and also usually provides light meals. Wine-coloured is an adjective which means “having the colour of wine”
a wine-coloured dress

Common varieties of wine

Cabernet Sauvignon red wine is wine having a red colour derived from skins of dark-coloured grapes grown especially in the Bordeaux region of France and northern California.Chartreuse: strong sweet green or yellow alcoholic drink.
Malbec: a red wine made from Malbec grapes.
Merlot: red wine made from the Merlot black grape.
Marsala: a sweet strong wine from Marsala in the island of Sicily.
Muscatel: a sweet light-coloured wine made from a grape of the same name.
Port: strong, usually sweet dark Portuguese wine, usually drunk after a meal.
Sherry: a pale or dark brown sweet or non-sweet strong wine from Spain.
Sparkling wine: giving off bubbles of gas.
Champagne is the most expensive type of sparkling wine.

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