Guest: "What is Txakolina?"
Server: "It's a Spanish white wine. It just means farm."
Sometimes sommeliers, servers, or bartenders don't know the answer, so they make something up! What have you overheard at restaurants or wine bars that made you do a double take?
I've heard Mourvèdre pronounced 'moo-vee-der' in the US.
More importantly, if we're going to talk about making things up, what's the deal with people in the US saying sommelier, "som-al-yay"? I've heard this both from regular wine drinkers and people who claim to be said "somalyays".
So, you find it shameful that folks mispronounce words from languages that they don’t speak natively?
No, but the incorrect pronunciation had to come from somewhere as when people don´t know things in wine, they usually ask which gets back to Emily's original point. And again, why and how have so many sommeliers have invented som-al-yay?