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

  • transitive v. To convert (the juice of grapes, for example) into wine by the process of fermentation.

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  • v. To convert the juice of a fruit (especially that of the grape) into wine by fermentation.

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

  • v. convert a juice into wine by fermentation

Etymologies

vine +‎ -ify (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Here they take the Grenache grape and "vinify" it in a similar way to port.

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  • Rather than selling their grapes to the big houses, these producers vinify and bottle their own Champagne, the best of which reflects the individual characteristics of specific regions and soils — what the French call terroir.

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  • Of course, since I am only 37, I have only a few harvests behind me, but I am very pleased to be able to vinify such a tremendous vintage.

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  • This is a tricky vintage to vinify, but Guigal, who harvested these grapes in August, did 100% barrel fermentation as well as lees aging and bâtonnage.

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  • Perhaps it is the fickleness of the Pinot Noir grape, which is difficult to grow, vinify, and bottle, or the fact that Burgundy makes so little wine, at least at the top level, and there are far too many suitors, many of whom have more money than either wine smarts or discriminating taste.

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  • Dunn picked the grapes and weighed them, and the untreated grapes were his to vinify.

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  • In the old days, picking fully mature grapes often happened by accident, and in fact was often discouraged as fully ripe grapes were tricky to vinify.

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  • In Rioja, they vinify it in a way that tends to mimic the noble wines of Bordeaux perhaps in part because of the heavy influx of Bordeaux growers who came there after Phylloxera wiped out their own vineyards 140 years ago.

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  • One of the most fascinating vessels is an enormous fermentation cask built by his father so that he could vinify his entire holding of Brunate in one vat.

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  • One of these is Alfred Gratien, which continues to vinify nearly all of its wines in old, wooden barrels.

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