cu·​vée | \ kü-ˈvā How to pronounce cuvée (audio) , kyü- How to pronounce cuvée (audio) ; kᵫ-vā How to pronounce cuvée (audio) \
variants: or less commonly cuvee

Definition of cuvée

1 : bulk wine especially : wine in casks or vats so blended as to ensure uniformity and marketability
2 : a blend of still wines used in the production of champagne

Examples of cuvée in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Recently, someone expressed to me – a guy that recommends a 50-50 cuvee of the coconut porter and the pineapple IPA at Narrow Path – that a pina colada beer is hardly a beer at all. Matt Koesters, The Enquirer, "Can Cincinnati out-weird mustard or Flamin' Hot Cheetos beer? Goetta: Hold my beer.," 21 Aug. 2020 That includes 2009 Paul Bara Special Club Champagne ($100), a 1997 red blend from Lebanese winery Chateau Musar ($96), the 1986 cuvee from Bordeaux’s Chateau Phelan-Segur ($106) and Ridge’s 1997 Coast Range Zinfandel ($98). Esther Mobley,, "Bay Area restaurants sell off rare wine cellars to generate cash during shelter in place," 10 Apr. 2020 The grapes used to make the smoky cuvees suffered from varying degrees of smoke damage. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "Columbia Gorge wineries release Eagle Creek Fire pinot noirs to raise funds for restoring hiking trails," 11 July 2019 One name in particular is Champagne Collet, a gorgeous collection of 11 cuvees, which include rose, blanc de blanc and vintage bottlings. Tara Weingarten, Town & Country, "Champagne: The Bubbly Beverage of Love," 11 Feb. 2015 Many of the cuvees are wonderful with food, as bottlings like the Brut are soft, more fruity, and pair well with fish and seafood. Tara Weingarten, Town & Country, "Champagne: The Bubbly Beverage of Love," 11 Feb. 2015 And lots of bottles of Belaire Luxe, a cuvee popularized by rapper Rick Ross. Marcus Thompson Ii, The Mercury News, "Exclusive: Riding with Klay Thompson, sharing his Warriors bliss," 15 June 2017

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First Known Use of cuvée

1833, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cuvée

French, from cuve

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3 Sep 2020

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“Cuvée.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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