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

  • n. A Greek white or rosé wine flavored with pine resin.

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  • n. A Greek resinated white or rosé wine of a sort that has been produced for at least 2700 years.

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

  • n. Greek wine flavored with resin


Modern Greek, probably from Italian resina, resin, from Latin rēsīna; see resin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Greek ρετσίνα (retsína), from ρετσίνι (retsíni, "resin"), from Ancient Greek ῥητίνη ("pine resin"). (Wiktionary)


  • Here are largish beachfront hotels, and restaurants serving ubiquitous feta salad or deep-fried calamari drenched in lemon juice, washed down with retsina.

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  • We're told that the Greeks have only themselves to blame: They retire too early, drink too much retsina and often break into dance without warning .... all on borrowed money.

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  • They have already laid aside their other laughter, that of mothers braiding their daughters 'hair, or of the dance steps of the plump-faced girls tumbling to their first retsina at the age of three.

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  • It played Guantanamera and had plastic awningsseparating us from the road, but served the most delicious fried courgettes, pork souvlaki and local Robola white wine (no need for retsina here: Kefalonia produces Greece's best wine, a legacy of the Venetians).

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  • Known as dolmades in Greece and simply as vine leaves elsewhere, it's probably no accident that leaves of the grape vine are used in this manner in a region not noted for the quality of its wines; quality sometimes so poor that the Greeks came to add pine resin to certain wines retsina and thought it an improvement!

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  • I stayed with a Greek family in Athens for a few weeks, where I learned that besides lemon juice, garlic and retsina oh yum!

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  • Looks like YouTube got their caca together and fixed itself right on time; if it had been otherwise, I could never have brought you the following unique treasure, this retsina for your retinas, this Everclear for your eyeballs, this sulphuric acid for your synapses.

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  • But if I'd really been thinking, I would have found a bottle of retsina to go along with it — and tossed a glug or two into the mix.

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  • “I will save a table for you, and put aside your favorite bottle of retsina.”

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  • To anyone who has ever tasted a decent bottle of French Bordeaux, retsina is about as enjoyable as drinking turpentine.

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