- A connoisseur of wines.
“His extensive knowledge of vineyards and varietals confirmed he was a true oenophile.”
“The word ‘oenophile’ comes from the Greek ‘oinos,’ for ‘wine.'”
“They planned stops at wineries for every day of their honeymoon because the bride was proud to share her experience as an oenophile.”
Greek, mid-19th century
Why this word?
Oenology is the science and study of wine. Unlike vintners and sommeliers who may have a formal education in wine, however, oenophiles are usually passionate hobbyists with an appreciation for the beverage and the associated culture. Roman courtier and novelist Petronius was perhaps one of the earliest oenophiles when he wrote 2,000 years ago, “Ah me, so wine lives longer than miserable man. So let us be merry. Wine is life.”
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