Thursday, January 05, 2012

Can you say, "Châteauneuf-du-Pape?"

Pronunciation Manual is a YouTube video series that was launched in April 2011. It was inspired by another YouTube video series known as Pronunciation Book, which provides correct pronunciation of featured English words.

Like Pronunciation Book, Pronunciation Manual are also short instructional videos on word pronunciation, however Pronunciation Manual's featured words are mispronounced intentionally for comedic purposes.

In the video below is the intentional mispronunciation of Châteauneuf-du-Pape (shah-toe-nuff due PAHP), a French wine located around the village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape in the Rhone wine region in southeastern France. Châteauneuf-du-Pape roughly translates to "The Pope's new castle."

In most red Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Grenache (Noir) is the most common variety, although some producers use a higher proportion of Mourvèdre and Syrah. There are a total of 13 different grape varietals that can be used

In "white" Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Grenache blanc and Roussanne are the most common varieties used.

DISCLAIMER: I am not responsibile for any embarassment, injury or loss of property to any person who tried to impress a first date or serious enophile in a wine gathering with the Pronunciation Manual of this time honored, royal and papal wine. In other words: you're on your own!

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