Die happy for a good cause celebrate Mr. Yeast at Halloween!

Och, the Dom Perignon! And Dom Perignon himself. The monk, who should be sanctified! A monk, who knew his way to keep the unwanted bubbles in the bottle. (You should notice, a bottle of Champagne is under 6 bar pressure – your car’s tire around under 2,5 bar – and even so, if you open a bottle, the bubbles come up so smoothly, so persistent, it is an art!) Do you know how to get traditionally bubbles into the wine?

It is Mr. Yeast, who after being added into a bottle of still wine starts eating the also added sugar, transforming it into three things: carbon-dioxide – aka: bubbles – alkohol and heat. While eating, his only goal is to reproduce. Bubbles are actually only the side-effects of his eating an reproducing.

Och, lucky Mr. Yeast, who lives to reproduce himself and at the end of his life dies in a bottle of wine…

Since the region of Champagne keeps for himself the most famous denomination for this bubbly wine, let us see, how you say sparkling in the different languages:

Italians use spumante:

Germans say Sekt

Hungarians pezsgő

Ach, by the way: Dom Perignon doesn’t need translation:

C14H10O9 + 2H2O

Och, winter is coming and I am stressing you with chemical formulas, right?

Ok, what stands in the title is the formula of the….tannin!

Let’s end this torture. Tannin is tannin in all languages, we talk about here:

German say: Tannine

Italians: tannini

Hungarians: tannin (to be exact, they also say “csersav”, but if in wine terminology I would go with tannin)

Pronounce as you are used to and offer your guests a good, structured red, just to be sure, they get it!

Have a great start of the week, folks, in these cold days there is nothing better to keep your souls warm than a good wine with a lot of tannins.

So what about wine?

During the last session of my sommelier course our professor said, it is strange, we keep calling white wine white, while we only describe it’s color according the sommelier terminology with different shades of yellow.

This made me think of how fun is that for example Spanish speaking people call the red wine “tinto” – which means red but also colored…

How is red and white (wine) called in the different languages?

German says: weiß

and rot

Italians call it vino bianco

and vino rosso

Hungarians say: fehér

and vörös

Rosé? You say that with your heart!

Pulp fiction

Did you know that the title of Pulp Fiction refers to those pulp magazines, which were quite violent? How interesting language is, right? If you say pulp fiction, you remember automatically John Travolta dancing with Uma Thurman, but if I say grape pulp, your brain lets your saliva flow into your mouth.


Germans call it “Fleisch”, meaning flesh. (The whole word would be Traubenfleisch – grape pulp -, I assume Fleisch will be enough for our quick course)

Hungarians say hús (same as before, the whole word is gyümölcshús, but hús should be enough for now

while Italians very similarly call it polpa

Don’t throw away the grape-seeds

Grape seeds seem to be the less important part of the fruit.
People who think this, couldn’t be more wrong! Grape-seed contain a certain polyphenol, called resveratrol, which is studied for its effect on cancer cell growth (according to Wikipedia


Other preliminary research on disease models

skin and wounds – OPCs induced vascular endothelial growth factor and accelerated healing of injured skin in mice[4]
teeth – seed phenolics may inhibit oral sugar metabolism and retard growth of certain bacteria that cause dental caries[5]
bones – grape seed extracts enhanced bone density and strength in experimental animals[6]
in vitro cancer studies – grape seed proanthocyanidins decreased tumor numbers and reduced the malignancy of papillomas[7]
ultraviolet damage – dietary proanthocyanidins are under study for mechanisms against carcinogenesis and sunscreen protection[8]
anti-viral effects[9][10]
antibacterial properties[11]
liver function[12]
blood flow and fluid balance


Please take a moment to talk to your customers about grape seed, when you have the chance.

How is grape-seed in different language?

In Italian you say: vinacciolo (the mp3 says olio di vinacciolo, which is the grape-seed oil

In Hungarian: mag

And Germans call is: Samen


We all know, what the skin of a grape is good for. During the wine-making process the time, until the juice is in contact with skin, can determine the identity of the wine. In the skin is aroma, colour and the beloved tannins. Beside all these facts though, if you are on your wineyard and are simply pointing the grape, no one will understand, you mean the skin.


Listen to the German word!

The Hungarian pronunciation is also available

Listen to the pronunciation of the Italian word!



The German word “Haut” has nothing to do with the French “Haute”. The French word means fashionable, high class.