By Kori ~ June 5th, 2010.
This weekâ€™s Wine Word of the Week is avvinare.
Official definition from Karen MacNeilâ€™s The Wine Lover’s Page-A-Day Calendar:
If youâ€™ve been to Italyâ€”or even a top Italian restaurant in the United Statesâ€”you might have noticed that after you order a bottle of fine wine, wine glasses will be brought to the table with a small amount of wine already in them. What the sommelier has done is called avvinareâ€”Italian for priming the glass with the wine to come. The practice is both practical and ceremonial. A glass that is rinsed with wine is less likely to smell of chlorinated water, dishwashing detergents, or any other off odors that can collect in the bowl of a wine glass.
Laymanâ€™s terms from Kori:
Avvinare is an Italian term for priming a wine glass with wine to eliminate any off odors in the glass.
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