How to Pronounce Rhone Varietals (in English)
This weekend, one of San Francisco's largest wine tasting events, the Rhone Rangers Grand Tasting, returns to Fort Mason. More than a hundred winemakers will be pouring American wines made with grapes that originated in the Rhone River Valley in France. Pretty much everyone has learned to pronounce "Syrah" and "Viognier," but those are the rock-star varietals. The indie camp is all about Picpoul, Cinsault, and Carignan.
Here's how to pronounce their names ... in English. If you're worried about losing your cred by blathering on to a winemaker about the coffee and spice in his cah-RIG-nan, before you go get all drunk and purple-toothed, listen, repeat, and practice in front of the mirror: