solera

noun

so·​le·​ra
sōˈlerə
plural -s
1
: a set of Spanish sherry vats arranged in tiers usually three high in a storage shed
2
or less commonly solera system : a system evolved by the sherry producers of Jeres, Spain, whereby young wine in the vats of the top tier of a solera is successively blended into the more mature wine in the vats on the tier below to insure ultimate uniformity
3
or less commonly solera sherry or solera wine : a wine aged by the Spanish solera system

Word History

Etymology

Spanish, crossbeam, stone base, mother liquor, from suelo ground, floor, dregs, from Latin solum ground, base

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“Solera.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/solera. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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