ret·​si·​na ret-ˈsē-nə How to pronounce retsina (audio)
: a resin-flavored Greek wine

Examples of retsina in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The victors claim sprawling, ultra-luxurious party palaces, built for sipping retsina with the world’s rich and famous. Christopher Cameron, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 May 2023 The retsina wine, light and lovely. Helene Stapinski,, 16 Mar. 2023 In 2016, New York Times wine critic Eric Asimov recalled drinking the Gai’a retsina at Souvla as one of his top 10 wine memories of the year. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 Aug. 2022 For that reason, Bililies didn’t serve retsina at Souvla initially. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 Aug. 2022 Souvla bottles a red, a white, a rosé, a sparkling wine and a retsina (a wine infused with pine resin) under its own proprietary label. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 Aug. 2022 Gaia has two wineries, one on Santorini, which makes excellent whites, and one in Nemea in the Peloponnese, which focuses on reds and retsina. New York Times, 6 Aug. 2021 Intrepid wine lovers might want to take a chance with a retsina. David Tanis, New York Times, 2 July 2021 The retsina, a nonvintage Gaia Ritinitis Nobilis, was beautiful, bright and balanced with discernible piney highlights. Eric Asimov, New York Times, 8 Dec. 2016

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Word History


Modern Greek, perhaps from Italian resina resin, from Latin — more at resin

First Known Use

1940, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of retsina was in 1940

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“Retsina.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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