Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Oenophile – Wordplay Wednesday™ 07/03/2019

Days of Wine & Rosés 

These days, many words ending in “phile” tend to be ominous or onerous. Here’s one for which we can be admired and enjoy! Those who like grapes may be, or know, an …

OENOPHILE ʹnɘ fīl’) – a person who loves wine; wine connoisseur. [WW #223]  

In no way do I lay claim to the word, connoisseur. However, I do qualify as an oenophile when it comes to simply enjoying wine … white, red, rosés, and everything in-between!

And of course, neither oenophile nor connoisseur equal the expertise and training of a wine sommelier.

While the connoisseur often has expert knowledge and discriminating tastes, a sommelier is encountered in a restaurant, club, etc., with knowledge beyond the first two, to include wine pairings with meals, and assist you in your liquid grape selection (aka wine steward). Then there is the Master of Wine designation. Um, those folks are on a whole different level of expert!

Hmmm, I believe a solid red wine … a hearty Cabernet Sauvignon, or mellow Merlot … will go quite nicely with
my Independence Day BBQ fare. You know, besides the red meat (or at least, red BBQ sauce) … lots of red wine … white potato chips and a yummy dessert cupcake with blue icing!  

Word Challenge: OENOPHILE. For me, enjoying wines is quite enough. I don’t need further training to know what I like. However, you may want to supplement your wine knowledge as you slip oenophile into your week of flavorful writing.

Learning knows no prejudices or boundaries, and it isn’t fattening! Expanding your mind is a no-cost, simple joy. Do you feel that way too? What’s your inspiration? Share your creative genius and Wordplay Wednesday comments below.

Write first for yourself … only then can you write for others. (L.Rochelle) 


[LinDee Rochelle is a writer and editor by trade, and an author by way of Rock & Roll. She has published two books (of three) in her Blast from Your Past series about pioneering R&R Radio DJs. True behind-the-mic tales make GREAT Holiday Gifts available on Amazon (eBook and print): Book 1Rock & Roll Radio DJs: The First Five Years 1954-1959; and Book 2Rock & Roll Radio DJs: The Swinging Sixties. Coming soon … The Psychedelic Seventies!]

Note: Dictionary definitions are quoted from Webster’s New World College Dictionary.
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