Wine Word of the Week: Plonk

By Kori ~ July 30th, 2009.

Wine Word of the WeekThis week’s Wine Word of the Week is plonk.

Official definition from Jancis Robinson’s The Oxford Companion to Wine:
Plonk, a vague and derogatory English term for wine of undistinguished quality, is a term of Australian slang that has been naturalized in Britain.

Layman’s terms from Kori:
Plonk is a term for cheap, low quality wine.

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Reader's Comments

  1. Shona | July 30th, 2009 at 9:07 am

    I love this word. It covers so much. Always thought everyone knew this term. I spend a lot of time in England.

  2. Michael | July 30th, 2009 at 10:02 am

    And it’s also the name of my wine!

    Check out the site:

    Don’t yet have a distributor in Washington but I’m looking.

  3. Michael Wilson | July 30th, 2009 at 10:22 am

    Wow – Did you delete my entry?

    Did I somehow offend you? If I did, I apologize.

  4. Colby | July 30th, 2009 at 11:27 am

    Hi Michael – the spam filter held your comment, sorry about that. It’s posted now and thanks for sharing!


  5. Michael | July 30th, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    Thanks Colby

    Sorry for the confusion. I never want to offend (Policy of mine).


  6. Kori | July 30th, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    I think it’s a great word too. Lots of people probably have heard it but may not know exactly what it means.

    Thanks for sharing. Good luck with your distributor search.


  7. Bean | July 31st, 2009 at 9:45 am

    Plonk is a new word to me. It is one of those words that just feels right on the tongue however. The mouth feel fits the wine!

  8. Kori | July 31st, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    I agree. This word definitely fits its definition.