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".
The one that gets me, and I hear it often, is "sum-in-yay"! Where the heck does that "n" come from?