sau·​ternes | \ sō-ˈtərn How to pronounce sauternes (audio) , sȯ-, -ˈtern \

Definition of sauternes

1 capitalized : a full-bodied sweet white wine from the Bordeaux region of France
2 usually sauterne : a semidry to semisweet American white wine that is a blend of several grapes

Examples of sauternes in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In addition, the company will release four different cask aged bottlings of Blender’s Cut this year, using casks from the production of Barbados rum, apricot brandy, French sauternes, and tawny port. Larry Olmsted, Forbes, 1 Mar. 2021 The latter is a major distinction, as in a world gone crazy for cask influences, from port to sauternes, marsala is at the unusual end of the spectrum. Larry Olmsted, Forbes, 2 Mar. 2021 Port and port-style wines fall under the broader umbrella of the dessert wine category that includes ice wine, sauternes and late harvest renditions of rieslings or zinfandels. Georgann Yara, The Arizona Republic, 19 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of sauternes

1711, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sauternes

French, from Sauternes, commune in France

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“Sauternes.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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