Wine Pronunciations

Some of the most frequently asked questions about wine are in regard to pronunciation.

If you haven’t practiced your French, Spanish, or Italian recently, working out how to pronounce the different varieties of wine can be impossible. Take a look at how to pronounce these varieties and become one step closer to being a wine connoisseur!

Alvarinho – [ahl-vah-ree-nyoh]

Albariño – [al-bah-ree-nyoh]

Armagnanc – [ahr-mahn-YAK]

Barbera – [bar-BEH-rah]

Beaujolais – [boh-zhuh-LAY]

Bordeaux – [bohr-DOH]

Brut – [BROOT]

Cabernet Franc – [KA-behr-nay FRAHN (FRAHNGH)]

Cabernet Sauvignon – [ka-behr-NAY so vihn-YOHN (soh-vee-NYAWN)]

Catawba – (ca-taw-ba)

Cava – [KAH-vah]

Cayuga – (ki-u-ga)

Chablis – [sha-BLEE; shah-BLEE]

Chambourcin – (sham-bor-san)

Chardonel – (shar-du-nel)

Chardonnay – [shar-dn-AY; shar-doh-NAY]

Châteauneauf-du-Pape – [shah-toh-nuhf-doo-PAHP]

Chenin Blanc – [SHUH-ihn BLAHN (BLAHNGK)]

Colombard – [KAHL-hm-bahrd (Fr. Kaw-lawn-BAHR)]

Concord – (kahn-cord)

Côtes du Rhone – [koht deu ROHN]

Cuvée – [koo-VAY]

Fumé Blanc – [FOO-may BLAHN; BLAHNGK]

Gewürztraminer – [guh-vurts-TRAH-MEE-NER]

Grenache – [gruh-NAHSH]

Kir – [KEER]

Madeira – [muh-DEER-uh]

Malbec – [mahl-behk]

Merlot – [mehr-LOH; mer-LOH]

Muscat – [MUHS-kat; MUHS-kuht]

Norton / Cynthiana – (sin-thee-ana)

Petite Sirah; Petite Syrah – [peh-TEET sih-RAH; peh-TEET see-RAH]

Pinot Blanc – [PEE-noh BLAHN (BLAHNGK)]

Pinot Gris – [PEE-noh GREE]

Pinot Noir – [PEE-noh NWAHR]

Pouilly-Fuissé – [poo-yee fwee-SAY]

Prosecco – [praw-SEHK-koh; proh-SEHK-koh]

Riesling – [REEZ-ling; REES-ling]

Rioja – [ree-oh-hah]

Rosé – [roh-ZAY]

Sancerre – [sahn-SEHR]

Sangiovese – [san-joh-VAY-zeh; san-jaw-VAY-zeh]

Sauternes – [soh-TEHRN]

Sauvignon Blanc – [SOH-vihn-yohn BLAHN; SOH-vee-nyawn BLAHNGK]

Semillon – [say-mee-YHON; she-mee-YOHN (Fr. Say-mee-YAWN)]

Seyval – (say-vahl) Blanc

Syrah – [see-RAH]

Terroir – [teh-RWAHR]

Traminette – (tra-men-et)

Verdelho – [vehr-DEH-lyoh]

Verdicchio – [vehr-KEEK-kyoh]

Viognier – [vee-oh-NYAY]

Vidal – (vee-dahl) Blanc

Vignoles – (veen-yole)