oe·​no·​phile | \ ˈē-nə-ˌfī(-ə)l How to pronounce oenophile (audio) \

Definition of oenophile

: a lover or connoisseur of wine

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"It has become quite a common proverb that in wine there is truth," wrote the 1st-century A.D. Roman scholar, Pliny the Elder. The truth about the word wine is that it goes back to Latin vinum, but it is also a distant relative of the Greek word for wine, which is oinos. Indeed, Latin borrowed from the Greek to create a combining form that means "wine," oeno-. Modern French speakers combined oeno- with -phile (Greek for "lover of") to create oenophile before we adopted it from them in the mid-1800s. Oenophiles are sure to know oenology (now more often spelled enology) as the science of wine making and oenologist (now more often enologist) for one versed in oenology.

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Recent Examples on the Web And some oenophiles don't have a taste for white wine either. Rachel King, Fortune, "How to Drink Red Wine During the Hot, Hot Summer," 10 Aug. 2019 After encountering old-growth Zinfandel vineyards in Amador County, Corti became the then-unknown region’s booster, bringing it to the attention of winemakers and oenophiles all over. Jonathan Kauffman, Los Angeles Times, "How Darrell Corti became a tastemaker in California food and wine," 9 Oct. 2019 For the second year in a row, the oenophile and foodie-centric bash has taken up residence at Hotel ZaZa Museum District - arguably one of the sexiest venues in town. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "Pat Green headlines, donates cowboy hat to Best Cellars Dinner at Hotel ZaZa benefiting MD Anderson," 30 Sep. 2019 The majority of those were booze — perfect for a budding oenophile and lover of fine bourbon. Henry Schulman, SFChronicle.com, "Bruce Bochy’s success changed the Giants forever but didn’t change him," 29 Sep. 2019 These days, Nelson Tasman offers a bona fide bonanza of first-rate activities and destinations for nature-lovers, oenophiles, gourmets, and aesthetes alike. Fortune, "New Zealand’s Hottest Destination Is One You’ve Likely Never Heard Of," 18 Aug. 2019 Porto, Portugal Porto may be known for its wine and port, but oenophiles aren’t the only ones who have fallen in love with this cozy northern city. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Cities in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 Burgundy’s grand cru terroirs were recognized by UNESCO in 2015, and Dijon is the perfect pied-à-terre for oenophiles who can drive the Route des Grands Crus, or test out the city’s cozy wine bars such as Le Caveau de la Chouette. Kimberley Lovato, National Geographic, "5 beautiful cities in France for avoiding the Paris crowds," 24 July 2019 World's Best Chef Slovenia’s Soča Valley in an ideal destination for oenophiles looking to diversify their cellars. Alena Hadley, National Geographic, "Taste What's Cooking Across the Globe: 10 Edible Trips," 8 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of oenophile

1865, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for oenophile

French œnophile, from œno- (from Greek oinos wine) + -phile -phile — more at wine

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The first known use of oenophile was in 1865

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“Oenophile.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oenophile. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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