WINEGRUNT [wahyngruhnt] noun. English, twenty first-century, neologism, blend, portmanteau.
- Twenty first-century slang term derived from English translation of Old French/Provençal sommelier, with which it shares a common etymology.
- A person who works in the local wine industry at the most basic and important level, gaining practical knowledge at the very roots of the industry.
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