Talking About Wine in English – Learn English vocabulary for small talk

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Hi guys, Christina from Speak Better, Feel Great TV, the place to boost your English and boost
your career Today I’m treating myself to a nice glass of wonderful French wine. A full-bodied, oaky Shiraz great varietal you know what I mean No? No, maybe you don’t. But that’s ok because today’s lesson is all about. wine vocabulary Why wine? Both you and I know that Americans are impressed with the French and their
knowledge of wine. If you have some American colleagues visiting, this is your opportunity to
shine! But if you want to really impress them you’ll need vocabulary more advanced than just “It
tastes good”. First, the basics you can have red wine white wine rosé wine. Americans also sometimes say
blush wine blush wine Like blush. Maybe if there are just two of you, a pitcher. That’s a really big pitcher though. That’s not a wine
pitcher But for the pitcher you don’t have to bother with the exact quantity. Americans don’t really
know the metric system anyway. You can suggest a small pitcher, a medium pitcher or a large pitcher. Or simply a glass of wine. To describe the wine, you can talk about what type of wine it is. Americans especially know the wines by the varietals. The varietals Notice the pronunciation: va-
RI-e-tals. Varietals. The varietal is the type of grape For example, Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio for white wines and Merlot and Shiraz also known as Syrah for reds. If the wine is a mix of varietals,it’s a blend. A blend. For example, this wine is a blend of Marsan Sauvignon Blanc, and Grenache Blanc. A blend. It’s a blend of these types of varietals. Single
varietal Blend. Before or after the meal,you can suggest a glass of Champagne or another sparkling wine Be prepared for this question “What’s the difference between Champagne and sparkling wine?” Because for us Americans, if it’s got bubbles, it’s Champagne. Ooh, champagne from Die? Die? Die champagne? It’s not champagne? But it’s got bubbles. So it’s champagne from Die? Why is it not champagne? It’s got
bubbles! So you may want to explain that Champagne only comes from the region called Champagne. Everything else is just sparkling wine! That can be a good moment to talk about wines that come from a specific region, what they call
AOC in French It literally translates to “controlled designation of origin” but you can just say that AOC wine has to come from a specific region That’s why Champagne can’t come from Die or California. There’s no such thing as Napa Valley Champagne. Now, the best part: describing the taste Now Don’t worry, you don’t need long poetic fluff Mmm it tastes slove from freshly picked cherries, ripening in a basket at the foot of a tree on a sunny afternoon Huh? It tastes good There’s no need to be that elaborate. You can just use some basic words, no need to be snobby about wine! A wine can taste crisp like a crisp Alsatian wine Maybe it’s fruity. Like a fruity Burgundy wine. Maybe it’s okay Oaky, especially if it’s been aged in oak barrels. Oak barrels. You can describe red wine as tannic. tannic if it feels dry in your mouth Wine can also be light-bodied medium-bodied or full-bodied Light-bodied, medium-bodied fullbodied depending on how “heavy” it feels in your mouth. Woo That’s a lot of vocabulary for this week. If you want to learn more vocabulary go ahead and subscribe to the Speak Better Feel Great Blog at You’ll get a free video lesson every week plus exclusive bonuses. Now before we say good-bye, I want to hear from you Remember you can boost your English and
boost your career by practicing your English here at Speak better fell great TV. So tell us, have you ever described wine in English to a client or visitor in France? Did you impress them with your knowledge? Share your story in the comments below We’d love to hear from you! And if you have a friend who likes wine and who likes learning English, share this video with them! and really appreciate Now let me say cheers to you, and I’ll see you next time!

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