The French verb used for rinsing one’s wine glass with the wine to come. Often this is done when switching between wines that vary significantly from each other—as when going from, say, an aromatic white wine to a red wine. Wine glasses are also sometimes rinsed with wine when the water the glass was washed with is considered less than perfect—as might be the case, for example, if the water supply is heavily chlorinated. Rinsing with wine assures that the drinker will smell the wine’s actual aromas rather than something else.

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