stappare

Today’s Parola del Giorno is the verb stappare, which means to uncork. Wine bottles are traditionally sealed with a cork (il tappo). While in English the cork is both the stopper and the material, Italian has two different words. The cork material is called il sughero. The cork of the bottle can also be made from other materials, too. See the noun used below:

È bene stappare i vini rossi con alcune ore di anticipo, così che prendano aria e acquistino più sapore.

It is good to uncork red wine some hours before so that it is exposed to the air and will have more taste.

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