Vocab Friday: Chinon

Since I’ve been a lame blogger this past month, I’m going to institute a little fun for my (probably 5) readers out there. The kind of fun that involves learning a foreign language that has 8 million verb tenses and a ridiculously hard-to-copy accent. That’s right– it’s time for French Vocab Fridays!

Yes, I am quite the benevolent blog ruler. Ok, here we go:


Pronunciation: shee-non (but drop that last n)

Definition: A town in the Tourraine region of the Loire Valley, known for it’s big old medieval fortress/chateau and Cabernet Franc-based red wines. As in,

“We’ll have a bottle of the chinois rouge, s’il vous plait.”

“You mean the Chinon rouge?”

“Uh, yeah. Not the chinese red. The Chinon Red.”


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  1. Rose

    Thanks what I’m talking about! Highly important to get the wine right but is a there a “chien” chinon rouge?

  2. Allison Lee

    I learned something. I envisioned how one might wear their hair to prom. Or if you are from the O.C. to the MTV movie awards.

  3. Pam WInters I aka Vic's Mom_

    Always love your blog, and looking forward to your book. Bet there are way more than 5 readers!

  4. Kimberly Willson

    ~went to Chinon with French III class at Sherwood my sophomore year! We were in Paris, the Loire Valley and Mont St. Michel. I remember the food, the opera, the food, chartres, the food, Chinon, the food….L, A. Kim

  5. dgoober

    Let’s not play the “hard to pronounce” language game, missy. Otherwise, I will have to introduce you to the dozens of case endings of the Finnish language.

    All I can do in Finnish is count and curse. I sometimes bizarrely hope I am given an exorbitantly high bill, so that I can do both. “yhdeksänkymmentäseitsemän (97) euroa? Perkele!!!”

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