amabile

Today's #PdG: Friendly or smooth?

Today’s Parola del Giorno is the adjective amàbile,1 which — when discussing wine — can mean sweet or smooth.

A wine is amabile when its sugar levels are between 12-45 grams per liter and leaves just a hint of sweetness in your mouth.

A wine is considered sweet when the sugar levels exceed 45 grams per liter, typically dessert wines.

According to the wine glossary that I found online, wines can be (going from less sugar to more sugar):

secco (dry) -> abboccato (smooth) -> amàbile -> dolce (sweet) -> stucchèvole (sugary)

I vini che produce tuo nonno sono proprio buoni. C’è un rosso che mi piace molto, è proprio un vino amabile!

The wines your grandfather makes are really good. There is a red that I like a lot, it is a smooth wine.

Some dictionaries might list abboccato and amabile as synonyms, but according to wine producers, this is an error. Un vino abboccato has less sugar than un vino amabile.

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It can also mean friendly or lovable when talking about people.