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 Most of those wineries would blend Criscione grapes with fruit from other Napa Valley sites to make a multi-vineyard cuvee. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 Sep. 2021 Coiled's sparkling Riesling, a cuvee called Rizza (there's a snake theme here), was equally delicious, with flavors of apricot and yuzu and a bracing, generous texture. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 July 2021 One unlikely entrant into this brave new world, however, is Obsidian Wine Co., which just released a very tasty cuvee called Pear Blanc, made from Lake County pears and Sauvignon Blanc. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 June 2021 My wine pick this week is a cuvee called Garrigue, from Domaine de la Terre Rouge in the Sierra foothills. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, 29 Apr. 2021 Garrigue cuvee is a hearty, rich, structured red, but its overall effect is lightened by its lilting fragrances and fresh flavors — its deep notes of blackberry and blueberry are countered by lightly herbal and intensely floral accents. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 Apr. 2021 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, 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,, 10 Apr. 2020 The grapes used to make the smoky cuvees suffered from varying degrees of smoke damage. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive,, 11 July 2019

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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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“Cuvée.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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