Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A delicate sweet white wine from the Bordeaux region of France, made from grapes that have been infected with noble rot.
  • n. A sweet to moderately dry white wine from California.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A region of France producing dessert wines.
  • n. Wines produced in Sauternes, including the immensely esteemed and immensely expensive Château d'Yquem.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. semisweet golden-colored table or dessert wine from around Bordeaux in France; similar wine from California

Etymologies

French, after Sauternes, a village of southwest France.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It is adapted from Pierre Herme's recipe for Prunes in Sauternes.

    Toast:

  • But in many cases, I prefer to serve a sweet white wine such as Sauternes, which goes superbly with Roquefort cheese.

    Rules to Drink By

  • It is complemented by sweet wines such as Sauternes and Port.

    Everything old is new again..

  • There are plenty of “matches” that work well, like Sauternes and Roquefort, Chablis and Oysters, merlot and lamb loin, but 99.9% of good wine matches are good because they tend not to interfere with each other.

    Q&A

  • A Sauternes with foie gras is one of my favorite experiences in life, Or an ice wine or port with a blue cheese on raisin bread.

    Hudson Valley Wine

  • Take the "perfect" match of foie gras and Sauternes.

    Local with Local

  • Drinking Sauternes together with my wife Dushy and Richie Pisacano in Bordeaux while having a picnic on the side of the road.

    Q&A

  • No. But if I stretch, I guess I'd say Sauternes with seared foie gras.

    Q&A

  • And that's a pity because it is a revelation in a league with foie gras, French Sauternes, or fresh truffles.

    Meathead Goldwyn: Balsamic Vinegar: Magnificence and Deception

  • The foie gras was covered in foil and heated in an oven for eight minutes and required only some fresh baguette to render it a perfect accompaniment of either Sauternes or another sweet white wine, such as a Montbazillac, in our case.

    A Deliciously Offal Meal

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