Top 10 difficult wine names

Xinomavro

xinomavro

The exotic-sounding Xinomavro is the dominant grape of Macedonia and parts of northern Greece, with Naoussa making some of the best examples.

Relatively light in colour, Xinomavro often gets compared with Pinot Noir, but fans of the finicky grape are inclined to call it the ‘Nebbiolo’ of Greece due to its structure and ability to age.

How to pronounce: This is fairly tricky, admittedly: ksee-noh-mav-roe – with the emphasis on the ‘noh’.

‘Ksee’ is especially difficult for anyone not coming from Greece, but a close approximation would be the ‘x’ in ‘box’.

 

 

 

3 Responses to “Top 10 difficult wine names”

  1. Ewan Murray says:

    Call me pedantic … and many do 😉 … but personally I’d go for:
    bear-un-ouse-ley-seh
    trocken-bear-un-ouse-ley-seh
    shpate-boorg-oonder
    geh-vuertz-trah-mee-ner

  2. Okay, so how do we pronounce, “Naoussa?”

  3. Christophe Mercier says:

    Difficult exercise by Lucy Jenkins, I guess…

    Try to type in Bourgeuil in Google Translate, make sure you translate from French, click on the audio button, and you’ll get the right sound.

    Not being a native English speaker, I am not sure how to pronounce “bor-guhy”… so I typed it in Google Translate, picked English, then clicked on the audio button…. and had a good laugh!

    Where has the phonetic alphabet gone? Not taught in schools anymore, oh well, thanks to Google Translate, there is no need for it anymore!

    Merci Lucy (for the good laugh!)

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