car·​bon·​ic | \ kär-ˈbä-nik How to pronounce carbonic (audio) \

Definition of carbonic

: of, relating to, or derived from carbon, carbonic acid, or carbon dioxide

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Recent Examples on the Web Beaujolais nouveau is typically made by a technique called carbonic maceration, in which the grapes (the red gamay in beaujolais) are put in a tank with carbon dioxide to exclude oxygen. Washington Post, "We deserve ‘nouveau’ wine in 2020 — a vintage meant to be fun and drunk right away," 20 Nov. 2020 Meanwhile, the Vinca Minor team also made an all-grape nouveau wine, composed of several different lots of Mendocino Carignan (some made as a rosé, some made by carbonic maceration, some foot-stomped) with a little bit of Sauvignon Blanc added. Esther Mobley,, "This Berkeley winemaker lost most of his 2020 red wines to smoke taint. So he fermented some pears," 19 Nov. 2020 These wines typically undergo carbonic maceration, in which sugar is converted to alcohol inside individual, whole berries without yeast. Esther Mobley,, "Why human beings love wine, according to Warren Winiarski: “completeness”," 21 Nov. 2019 Half the wine was fermented traditionally, half as whole clusters on their stems, producing a carbonic fermentation that gives the wine its youthful fragrance, fruitiness and vitality. Mike Dunne, sacbee, "Bright and intriguing wines in full bloom at these four foothill wineries | The Sacramento Bee," 9 May 2018 Other options of the same ilk include frappato from the Vittoria region of Italy, barberas from the Piedmont region of Italy, and any number of fresh reds made by the perhaps arcane process known as carbonic maceration. Melissa Clark, New York Times, "A Sheet-Pan Supper That Defies the Seasons," 2 Feb. 2018 In addition to the unusual one-offs, Jones also produces more traditional wines in cans: rosé, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir under his Alloy label; carbonic Sangiovese, called Antipasto; and more. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, "Wine’s brewski moment: Canned wine is here, but can it avoid the down-market trap?," 24 Jan. 2018 Carbonating that (which is adding carbonic acid) lowers its pH to about 5. Ellie Krieger,, "Flavored waters — yes, including La Croix — are eroding your teeth," 27 Apr. 2017

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1788, in the meaning defined above

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car·​bon·​ic | \ kär-ˈbän-ik How to pronounce carbonic (audio) \

Medical Definition of carbonic

: of, relating to, or derived from carbon, carbonic acid, or carbon dioxide

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