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What does the word saignée mean in French?

A. Running

B. Bleeding

C. Blending

D. Staining

B.

Saignée is the process of “bleeding” or drawing pink juice off red grapes soon after fermentation begins. This process–which is widely used to make rosé–also results in concentrating the remaining red wine, since the ratio of skins to juice in the tank is increased when some pink juice is drawn off.

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