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  • True, the system for making wine in much of the country was, until well into the twentieth century, literally antique: grapes were crushed in stone troughs, using methods not far evolved from stomping, and were then stored in concrete amphorae, whose imperfect seals led to a Spanish taste for oxidized rancio wine.

    The Rioja Renaissance

  • Alvarado (1756-1814), commonly called el filósofo rancio.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 14: Simony-Tournon

  • On both sides of the way some regiments belonging to the rear division were still camped, and as I passed it was most interesting to see how busy they were cooking their 'rancio,' polishing their arms, and making the best of their time.

    Miscellaneous Prose

  • With long aging, both develop a prized rancio (“rancid” character from the transformation of fatty acids into methyl ketones, which also provide the distinctive aroma of blue cheese (p.

    On Food and Cooking, The Science and Lore of the Kitchen

  • Father Alvarado, the Dominican, wrote his famous articles under the title "Cartas de un filósofo rancio" (Letters of a Soured

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 11: New Mexico-Philip

  • And you'll sit in cool patios and sip iced drinks with Señor Don Perfecto de Cuba who has ridden in from his rancio to inquire the price of May wheat, or maybe you'll just amble through India on an elephant, sleeping in bungalows, listening to the howling of tigers, mosquitoes ---- "

    The Green Rust


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  • Word normally used to describe a flavor perception found in tawny brown, wood-aged and heated fortified wines such as some "Madeira". Refers to the peculiarly blowsy overly-ripe fruit aroma, analogous to overipe bananas, admired in Port-style fortified wines but considered a fault in dry table wines where the detectable presence of oxidized components is frowned on for the most part.

    December 9, 2006