Top 10 difficult wine names

28th November, 2016 by Lucy Jenkins

Semillon

semillonA split-personality grape, able to make herbaceous dry whites and some of the world’s best sweet wines, Semillon has found an extremely happy home in Sauternes as well as Australia where it is one of the country’s oldest known planted varieties.

It thrives in the Hunter Valley, Clare Valley and the Barossa, as well as in the Riverina where Botrytis-infected dessert wines are made and Semillon is also planted in Argentina, Chile, California and South Africa.

How to pronounceseh-mee-yohn

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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