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Hello there! I'm Dr. Vinifera, or "Vinny" for short. Ask me your toughest wine questions, from the technical aspects of winemaking to the fine points of etiquette. I hope you find my answers educational and even amusing. Looking for a particular answer? Check my archive and my FAQs. You can also follow me on Twitter: @AskDrVinny.




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Dear Dr. Vinny,

How do you pronounce Pinot Meunier?

—Dean C., Morristown, N.J.

Dear Dean,

Oh, Pinot Meunier, the oft-forgotten grape that, along with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, is one of the three main grapes used in Champagne production.

I pronounce it Pee-no Moon-yay. Sometimes there’s a little growl that accompanies the pronunciation of French words, and it can sound a little more like “mean yay” in the right accent.

—Dr. Vinny

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