How to Talk Like a Wine Snob

Would you like to learn more about the language of wine?

While some people like to drop big words just so they can sound important, there is value in learning at least a few of the basics so you can more effectively communicate what you like — and don’t like — to the men and women who staff winery tasting rooms.

Short of memorizing each and every word from these blogs, what’s an oenophile-in-training to do?

We’d suggest tracking down a copy of “The Wine Snob’s Dictionary.” It’s a breezy 111-page book written by David Kamp and David Lynch, recently seen on Amazon for about $12.

The book’s sub-title gives you an idea of what to expect: “An Essential Lexicon of Oenological Knowledge.”

Okay, maybe the sub-title, itself, sounds a bit snobby. But that probably was the intention.

In their “Dictionary,” the authors provide a wealth of easy-to-digest information that’s certain to come in handy at your next wine-and-cheese party.

Here’s an example: If you’ve been pronouncing Bollinger Champagne as if it were a container for cereal that somehow sustained an “owee,” you’ll learn that the correct pronunciation is Boh-la-Zhay.

Another: “Monople” is not the French spelling of a popular board game, but rather a small vineyard (typically in France’s Burgundy region) that is controlled by a single owner.

The book also makes a great holiday gift for the wine snob… uh, wine lover… in your life. And it will help get any reader ready for the next time “Wine” is a category on “Jeopardy.”

Speaking of which: R.I.P., Alex Trebek.

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