Definitions

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

  • n. Variant of enophile.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person who has a fondness for wine. A person who has learned to appreciate wine.

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

  • n. someone who appreciates wine

Etymologies

Ancient Greek οἶνος (oinos, "wine") + Greek φίλος (philos, "loving"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • You get the sense that this loud and boisterous oenophile is passionate about the grape and his job, that he tries more wines than you and I could ever wish to taste, says what he thinks and rather than selling you the most expensive or trendy bottle of wine he has in stock, he wants you to walk away with the best bottle -- regardless of price -- you'll want to drink and will enjoy drinking.

    Wine Blogging Wednesday

  • And it's just so damned unfortunate that "oenophile" and "gasbag" are traits found so closely together in nature.

    Blogtimore, Hon

  • MW says "oenophile" is from F, which in turn was from G.

    Citizendium, the Citizens' Compendium - Recent changes [en]

  • Charles Eisbrenner is a Regina IT consultant, gourmet cook, and passionate oenophile.

    The Willetts on Wine: Wine – it’s what’s for dinner

  • Great wine and the suburbs aren't words commonly found in the same sentence, but there are a few admittedly, a very few places in the greater New York area where it is actually an advantage to be a suburban oenophile.

    Pour Perks in New Jersey

  • TV Guide Magazine: Since you're a winemaker, does your partner need to be an oenophile, too?

    A Day Out With Bachelor Ben Flajnik

  • "The celebration over the quantitative wine record is a bit like the satisfaction of poor relations, who haven't yet sunk their teeth into what truly matters," wrote the oenophile Paolo Massobrio in the Turin daily La Stampa, noting that Barolo, traditionally considered Italy's greatest wine, was developed by a Frenchman, Louis Oudart, a century and a half ago.

    For Italians, Summer Starts at the Beach

  • So whether you're a seasoned oenophile or a trainee taster, and you like classic Cabs or radical Rieslings, there's something for every palette.

    Jetsetter.com: Wine Country Wonders: Vineyard Vacations

  • San Francisco and Los Angeles have a lot to offer an oenophile, too, but they are more focused on the wines of the West Coast than the entire world.

    Here's to Chicago, That Tipplin' Town

  • Consider the budding oenophile in Towson who discovers that all her favorite small-production Oregon pinot noirs are available through a wine club in California.

    Wine freedom in Maryland: Just a taste won't do

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.