dol·​cet·​to dōl-ˈche-tō How to pronounce dolcetto (audio)
often capitalized
: a light fruity red wine from the Piedmont region of Italy

Examples of dolcetto in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Infinite Air Castles combines gamay and dolcetto into an Oregon echo of Beaujolais. Dave McIntyre, Washington Post, 14 Mar. 2024 For the tomato-and-pepperoni pizza, Lambrusco, Chianti, dolcetto or barbera would be my choices. New York Times, 14 Jan. 2022 Dogliani is in Piedmont, southeast of Turin, and these dolcetto grapes are grown in vineyards on steep slopes at about 1,600 to 1,800 feet above sea level. Washington Post, 16 Dec. 2021 For red wine, Italy’s Piedmont, or Piemonte, is known primarily for nebbiolo in Barolo and Barbaresco, or barbera and dolcetto. Washington Post, 8 Oct. 2021 The pinot noir and dolcetto grapes came from Witness Tree Vineyard in the Eola Amity Hills. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 14 Aug. 2021 Piedmont, Italy, $20 Ruchè is a minor red grape from Piedmont, in northwestern Italy, a region best known for nebbiolo and dolcetto. Washington Post, 22 May 2020 But good dolcetto requires a producer to take it seriously rather than treat it as a cheap, throwaway wine. Eric Asimov, New York Times, 2 Apr. 2020 And emerging areas such as the Adelaide Hills are giving an antipodean twist to obscure French and Italian grapes from savagnin to dolcetto. Bruce Schoenfeld, Saveur, 2 Sep. 2015

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Word History


Italian, a grape variety, wine made from the grape, from dolcetto somewhat sweet, from dolce

First Known Use

1979, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dolcetto was in 1979

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“Dolcetto.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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