vin santo

noun vin san·to \ ˈvin-ˈsän-(ˌ)tō , ˈvēn- \
variants: or Vin Santo

Definition of vin santo

:an amber-colored wine of variable sweetness that is produced in Tuscany from partially dried grapes
  • In Italy, grapes for vin santo hang from rafters in warm attics for months after the harvest, their juice gradually becoming more concentrated.
  • —Harvey SteimanWine Spectator31 Jan. 1993
  • What I liked best, though, was a glass of Vin Santo, a sweet Tuscan wine made from aged Trebbiano grapes, served with crunchy almond biscotti for dunking.
  • —Caroline BatesGourmetMay 1988

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Origin and Etymology of vin santo

borrowed from Italian vinsanto, probably shortened from vino santo literally, “holy wine” or vino di santo “saint's wine”


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