1. – First up this week is a word I came across when I was checking out a great review and blog tour post, published by Katherine at ‘I Wish I Lived In A Library’. The book she so enjoyed was ‘Killing Secrets’ by author Dianne Emley. It was when I decided to find out a little more about Dianne that I discovered ..
Dianne lives in the Central California wine country with her husband where she writes full time and is a pretty good cook, an amateur oenophile, and a terrible golfer.
OENOPHILE – Greek for the love (philia) of wine (oinos)) is a love of wine. In the strictest sense, oenophilia describes a disciplined devotion to wine, accompanying strict traditions of consumption and appreciation. In a general sense however, oenophilia simply refers to the enjoyment of wine, often by laymen. Oenophiles are also known as wine aficionados or connoisseurs. They are people who appreciate or collect wine, particularly grape wines from certain regions, varietal types, or methods of manufacture. While most oenophiles are hobbyists, some may also be professionals like vintners, sommeliers, wine merchants, or one who tastes and grades wines for a living.
2. – Next up this time, is a word I came across when visiting the blog of the lovely Kelly, where she had recently posted her review of ‘The Handsome Man’s Deluxe Cafe’ (N0.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency #15) by Alexander McCall Smith.
Whilst I was able to associate the second definition of the word to the context in which it was written, the first definition however, had me completely baffled.
Precious Ramotswe, creator and owner of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, friend of those who needed help with the problems in their lives, and wife of that great garagiste Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, felt that there were, broadly speaking, two sorts of days.
1. – A small-scale entrepreneurial wine-maker, originally from the Bordeaux region of France, esp one who does not adhere to the traditions of wine-making. The garagistes refers to a group of winemakers in the Bordeaux region, producing “Vins de garage”, “Garage wine”. A group emerged in the mid-1990s in reaction to the traditional style of red Bordeaux wine, which is highly tannic and requires long ageing in the bottle to become drinkable.
2. – A person who owns a commercial garage.
I have been on holiday for the past fortnight. I told everyone that I was going to Norway, which was a surprisingly effective means of closing the conversation down. In fact I stayed at home and gardened, blissfully, all day and everyday, not leaving the curtilage for days on end.
This is because they have a trait known as synaesthesia. When one of their senses is stimulated, another sense is activated at the same time.
… Is a weekly meme where we share new (to us) words that we have encountered in our reading. It is hosted by Kathy, over at ‘BermudaOnion’s Weblog’.You can either stop by and leave a link to your own ‘mystery’ words of the week, or just browse the eclectic mix of words that others have discovered, there is always a great selection.
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