un·​oaked ˌən-ōkt How to pronounce unoaked (audio)
of wine
: not aged in oak barrels
an unoaked chardonnay
As early as the 1980s, New Zealand winemakers experimented with aging Sauvignon Blanc in oak barrels, some of which were highly awarded. But the commercial success and lower costs associated with unoaked wines led most wineries to adopt that style.Joe Czerwinski

Examples of unoaked in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Rosé often pairs well with burgers based around root veggies, while red wine drinkers will likely enjoy a light-bodied Pinot Noir and white wine fans may enjoy an unoaked Viognier. Kristy Alpert, Better Homes & Gardens, 3 July 2023 For chicken made with garlic and lemon a white wine is in order, such as an unoaked Chardonnay or Chenin Blanc. Mike Desimone and Jeff Jenssen, Robb Report, 10 Feb. 2023 Like Grillo, Vermentino can be made in fresh and crisp unoaked styles, or more textured and serious wines from single vineyards and aged in oak. Liz Thach, Forbes, 30 June 2022 However, unoaked chardonnay gets the job done nicely. Ashley Martens, Redbook, 5 Apr. 2023 White pizzas with only cheese and no tomato sauce call for an unoaked Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio. Mike Desimone and Jeff Jenssen, Robb Report, 10 Feb. 2023 The high acidity in Vermentino grapes is responsible for the refreshing zesty and zippy character that can often be found in unoaked Vermentino wines from Sardinia. Liz Thach, Forbes, 30 June 2022 Filling out the lineup is an unoaked chardonnay from the Finger Lakes, ideal for warm weather meals alfresco. Washington Post, 7 Apr. 2022 The Centennial Mountain Bianco, one of two Carricantes Aeris makes from the Sonoma County site, is lusciously floral, reminiscent of pears and green apples — not unlike a leaner, unoaked Chardonnay. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 Feb. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1982, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unoaked was in 1982

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“Unoaked.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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