red currant


Definition of red currant

: either of two Old World currants (Ribes sativum and R. rubrum) often cultivated for their fruit also : the fruit

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Vanderpump Rosé- a bright, crisp and dry rosé from Côtes de Provence, the most world’s most renowned rosé region, which features flavors of red currant, strawberry, hits of pepper, sweet citrus and peaches. Shauna Stuart |,, "Here’s how to make two rosé cocktails inspired by Seasons 52," 19 July 2019 Dessert included fresh fruits like raspberries, blueberries, and red currants. Vogue, "This Was Katherine Schwarzenegger’s “Something Old” For Her Wedding to Chris Pratt," 14 June 2019 Burning all four wicks of the Holiday Grand will fill your home with notes of evergreen, red currant, and juniper berry. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "This Is What A $500 Candle Looks Like," 7 Dec. 2018 Graceful flavors of red currants, Bing cherry, cocoa powder and spices, all backed by mild tannins. Andy Perdue, The Seattle Times, "DeLille Cellars’ 2015 Harrison Hill is Andy Perdue’s Wine of the Year," 26 Oct. 2018 The taste: This Gamay blend marries bright cranberry flavors with the weight of red currants and smoky umami notes. Emily Eisen, Bon Appetit, "11 Natural Wines That Taste as Good as They Look," 26 Mar. 2018 Think torta della nonna with yuzu, pine nut, and salted black bean gelato; robiola due latte with amaretti, kabocha squash, and red currant; and fior di latte gelato with quince jam. Devra First,, "10 women pastry chefs you should know in the Boston area," 22 Mar. 2018 Considerably more delicate than your average California GSM, the 2015 wine broods, showing bright red fruit flavors of cranberry, pomegranate and red currant, underscored by a quieter gamey side. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, "Tasting Notes: Your guide to the wines of Edmunds St. John," 12 Mar. 2018 The glass red currants are a nod to spring and to England and Hollywood in the 1930s and ’40s. Tony Bravo, San Francisco Chronicle, "Designers share their visions for the royal wedding," 26 Jan. 2018

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1620, in the meaning defined above

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