pronunciation guidesto sort-of-common-but-not-obvious words we
encountering on wine lists and menus. No more shame, no more pointing,
no more godawful imitations of a language you don't speak.
Remember Roberto Benigni? The Italian Jerry Lewis you loved in Night on Earth and loathed in Life Is Beautiful? The hyperactive actor who bunny-hopped up the stairs to accept his Oscar? Do you want to sound like him while mispronouncing "Verdicchio"? No? Then you'll want to listen to this week's Don't Sound Like a Tool.
While Sangiovese is old hat, some of the other Italian wines that have trended high in the past five years ― not to mention grand old Barolo
― continue to baffle American tongues. SFoodie asked Wolfgang Weber, a San Francisco-based Italian wine expert who blogs at spume, to recite a list of wines and wine regions, sans musical Italian inflection (click to hear Weber's pronunciations):
Wines & Varietals