stein, noun

Also steine, and with initial capital.
GermanShow more Unknown; perhaps alteration of steen, or from German Steinwein a dry white wine produced in the Steinmantel vineyards near Würzburg, Bavaria.
Used interchangeably with the word steen by some.
1. In full stein wine: a style of blended, semi-sweet, fruity, white wine, often containing steen grapes; cf. steen sense 1. Also attributive. See also Cape wine.
1797 Lady A. Barnard S. Afr. Century Ago (1910) 115‘Lord bless me, what fine wine this is!’ said he; ‘I have not tasted a glass such as this since I came here.’ I then found, on asking, that it was Steine wine, a cheap Cape wine, which Mr. Barnard had not liked, and had ordered for common use in the household.
1988 D. Hughes et al. Complete Bk of S. Afr. Wine 330Stein, Should not be confused with the cultivar Steen and its wine, though Steen, otherwise known as Chenin Blanc, is normally the basis of the local Stein wines. The name applies specifically to the style in which the wine is made, being semi-sweet.., and with a fruity flavour.
2. steen sense 2. Also attributive.
1952 C.L. Leipoldt 300 Yrs of Cape Wine 204Stein, another old and favourite variety, very susceptible to oidium, but makes a far better wine than Green Grape.
1982 S. Afr. Panorama Jan. 22The stein grape has long been regarded as one of the few to have originated in South Africa, possibly a mutation of the Sauvignon Blanc, but definitely peculiar to South Africa and a grape with a great taste, producing wine of good quality...More recently, its descent has been traced to Chenin Blanc.
a style of blended, semi-sweet, fruity, white wine, often containing steen grapes;
steen2. Also attributive.

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