Wine Word of the Week: Shiner

By Kori ~ January 2nd, 2010.

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

Interestingly, this week’s Wine Word of the Week does not appear in any of the “official” guides I generally use, including Jancis Robinson’s The Oxford Companion to Wine, Ron Herbst and Sharon Tyler Herbst’s The New Wine Lover’s Companion, and Charles Hodgson’s History of Wine Words. However, it is a term that I recently learned during a Thursday pick-up event at Full Pull Wines.

Layman’s terms from Kori:
While shiner is slang for a black eye and also an excellent beer from Texas, when it comes to wine, a shiner is a bottle without a label.

For more information, check out Shiners: a Primer on Unlabeled Wine that was published in Wine Business Monthly.

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Reader's Comments

  1. John Cesano | January 3rd, 2010 at 10:22 am

    Thanks for teaching me a new use for an old word. I never knew that.

  2. Kori | January 3rd, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    Happy to help. I was excited to learn this one too. Cheers!