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Wine and Conversation

Adrienne Lehrer


The vocabulary of wine is large and exceptionally vibrant—from straight-forward descriptive words like “sweet” and “fragrant”, colorful metaphors like “ostentatious” and “brash”, to the more technical lexicon of biochemistry. The world of wine vocabulary is growing alongside the current popularity of wine itself, particularly as new words are employed by professional wine writers, who not only want to write interesting prose, but avoid repetition and cliché. The question is: what do these words mean? Can they actually reflect the objective characteristics of wine, and can two drinkers really u ... More

Keywords: wine vocabulary, wine writers, characteristics of wine, wine drinkers, scientific wine writing, language innovation, language play

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195307931
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195307931.001.0001


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Adrienne Lehrer, author
University of Arizona
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