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How to pronounce French spirits and liqueurs

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French spirits and liqueurs are mispronounced as much as any other French words. Just because something is popular, doesn’t mean that the  pronunciation doing the rounds is automatically correct. Very often, the mispronunciation gains more of a foothold than it should, and you will have people correcting moi 8-O no less when I say it correctly. To be fair, the names of wines and spirits don’t always ...

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Bordeaux Wine Classification of 1855: Whites Second Growths

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Château de Myrat də mee/rah Barsac bahr/zahk 

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Château Doisy Daëne dwah/zee dah/ehn (Dubourdieu Domaines) Barsac


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Pronunciation of Bordeaux 1855 Reds – First, Second & Third Crus

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Pronunciation of Bordeaux 1855 Reds – First, Second & Third Crus

The Official 1855 Classification: Pronunciation Reds

Each wine estate in this list of the official 1855 Bordeaux Wine Classifications consists of an audio pronunciation of how the wine sounds in French, and phonetic spelling which you can use to reach a happy medium between your accent and the correct pronunciation.

I’ve included the name of the Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (please click on the link for pronunciation, as well as how the AOC ...

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1855 Bordeaux Classification Whites: Sauternes& Barsac Superior First Growths

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1855 Bordeaux Classification Whites: Sauternes& Barsac Superior First Growths

1855 Bordeaux Classification                              

Sauternes/Barsac

 

The name of the chateau is followed by the appellation. Links are to chateaux websites.

 

Superior First Growth – Premier Cru Supérieur

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Pronunciation of 1855 Bordeaux – Fourth & Fifth Crus

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Pronunciation of 1855 Bordeaux – Fourth & Fifth Crus

How to pronounce the names of the wines of the 1855 Fourth and Fifth Crus

This post follows on from the previous one which was how to pronounce the wines of the First and Second Crus of the Bordeaux 1855 Classification. The links lead to the home-page of each of the Châteaux, where available. The pronunciation of the 1855 Bordeaux Fourth and Fifth Crus follows the same format – the pronunciation of each wine is given in ...

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10 things you must know about champagne

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What do you know about champagne, other than its bubbly, expensive and signals glamour and good times, and possibly, for those who do not know their limits, bad behaviour and a hangover…? Doesn’t everyone know what champagne is? The short answer is ‘no’, and the long answer is ‘noo’. I have heard otherwise perfectly well-educated people say the stupidest things about champagne. It is better to keep your mouth shut and let people suspect you ...

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What is the difference between macarons and macaroons?

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What is the difference between macarons and macaroons?

Let me start right off the bat by saying a macaron and a macaroon are not one and they same thing, and I’ll take on a debate with anyone, anytime, if they wish disagree with me. The difference between macarons and macaroons starts with pronunciation (and you will find audio on all relevant words at the end of this article) and extends to history, ingredients, technique, appearance, exclusivity, and price, and most importantly, taste and texture. I don’t ...

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Words of the Week

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Words of the Week

I tend to spend more time answering queries and adding words to the database than dealing with the blog, so forgive my neglect here. I get a tons of queries in my mail, which I appreciate because it’s the best way to make sure the database is useful, but it’s hugely time-consuming, and lest we forget, there is but one of me.

Don’t let that deter you from sending in queries – you can either email me, ...

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World’s most expensive white wine

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World’s most expensive white wine

How much would you pay for a bottle of sweet white wine? Tell you what, I certainly would not pay £75 000.00 (close to $118 000)! But I’m guessing that if you are ridiculously solvent, an Extreme Wine Connoisseur, and love the idea of drinking not only the most exclusive dessert wine in the world, but one which is a time capsule from another century, you wouldn’t bat an eyelid. Someone fitting that description handed over precisely that amount, ...

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Hollandaise Sauce

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Ingredients for Sauce Hollandaise

*The links in this recipe will take you to detailed explanations and audio files of the correct pronunciation of the French words

Sauce Hollandaise‘ is the simplest of the ‘butter sauces’, or ‘sauces au beurre‘ – a category of the so-called ‘Mother Sauces’ (Sauces Mères) of Classic French Cuisine. This simple sauce is a warm emulsion of ...

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