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

Examples of carbonic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The man’s apartment was a carbonic black and noxious. James Verini, New York Times, 19 May 2022 Like so many things in wine, the practice of carbonic maceration comes down to a matter of degree. Ellen Bhang,, 7 June 2022 Rosé wines that are whole-cluster-pressed will often undergo a bit of carbonic maceration, depending on how long the grapes are allowed to sit before being crushed and this can impart a slight cotton candy-like sweetness to the resulting wines. Joseph V Micallef, Forbes, 24 Apr. 2022 Meanwhile, a 2020 California petite sirah made mostly by carbonic fermentation was an easygoing, spicy thirst quencher. New York Times, 21 Oct. 2021 That’s what led Schalchlin to perform carbonic maceration, a process that tends to complement lighter-bodied, lower-tannin styles and emphasize a wine’s fruitiness and tanginess. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, 14 Apr. 2021 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, 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,, 19 Nov. 2020 These wines typically undergo carbonic maceration, in which sugar is converted to alcohol inside individual, whole berries without yeast. Esther Mobley,, 21 Nov. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of carbonic

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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