[soh-turn, saw-; French soh-tern]
- a rich, sweet white table wine of France.
- the district near Bordeaux producing this wine.
- a semisweet white wine of California, commonly sold as a jug wine.
Origin of Sauterne
see origin at Sauternes
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Examples from the Web for sauternes
Alternate: Sauternes Adapted from My Calabria by Rosetta Costantino with Janet Fletcher.Italy's Best Dessert Secret
December 9, 2010
Then add a small glass of rhum, a small glass of kirsch, and a glass of sauternes.The Hotel St. Francis Cook Book
This colombar grape is simply the semillon—one of the leading varieties of the Sauternes district—transported to the Charente.
Chteauneuf communicates with the Sauternes district by rail, so that supplies of wine from there are readily obtainable.
Adams and Washington used his good offices to keep their cellars well stocked in champagne and sauternes.Thomas Jefferson
One ate oysters à la poulette, terrapin-salads, and croquettes; the wines were Sauternes and champagnes.Vandover and the Brute
- (sometimes not capital) a sweet white wine made in the southern Bordeaux district of France
C18: from Sauternes, the district where it is produced
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Word Origin and History for sauternes
also Sauternes, name for certain white wines, 1711, from Sauterne, district near Bordeaux where it is made.
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