Vin Gris

Vin gris is not the same as pinot gris, the name of a white grape variety. The French term vin gris (literally, “gray wine”) refers to any number of slightly pinkish-tinted white wines made from… Continue reading

Vin Liquoreux

A very sweet, syrupy white wine, generally made from grapes affected by BOTRYTIS CINEREA.

Vin Mousseux

Sparkling wine, made either by SECONDARY FERMENTATION in bottle or in tank, or for inexpensive wines, the addition of carbon dioxide.

Vin Ordinaire

Literally ordinary wine—a plain wine with no regional or VARIETAL characteristics. An everyday drinking wine, vin ordinaire is the opposite of VIN DE GARDE, a wine to save, that is, a wine with aging potential

Vendange Tardive

In Alsace, the term for wines made from late-picked, very ripe grapes. VT wines, as they are called, are not as sweet as selection de Grains Nobles nor are they botrytized.


Literally “vine grower.” Many French winemakers refer to themselves as vignerons.

Vin de Garde

A wine to save—in other words, a wine that can and should receive AGING.

Vin de Pays

Country wine—an everyday wine from a specific region, but less rigorously controlled than a wine with an APPELLATION D’ORIGINE CONTRÔLÉE.

Vin de Table

Table wine. Generally used to indicate a simple wine without APPELLATION D’ORIGINE CONTRÔLÉE status.


French term for the sum entity and effect (no single word exists in English) of every environmental factor on a given piece of ground. Included within terroir, for example, are a vineyard’s soil, slope, orientation… Continue reading

Sur Lie

Sur lie is French for “on the lees,” and lees for their part are expired yeast cells. After yeasts consume grape sugars and turn them into alcohol, the expired yeast cells begin to break down,… Continue reading