- Cold Duck
The wine was invented by Harold Borgman, the owner of Pontchartrain Wine Cellars in Detroit, in 1937. The recipe was based on a traditional German custom of mixing all the dregs of unfinished wine bottles with champagne. The wine he produced was given the name Kaltes Ende ("cold end" in German), until it was humorously altered to the similar sounding term Kalte Ente meaning "cold duck" . The exact recipe now varies, but the original combined one part of Californian red wine with two parts of New York sparkling wine.
- During the early 1970s, the South Australian company Orlando Wines produced a sparkling red wine labelled 'Cold Duck'. Between 1971 and 1974, there were a number of trademark registrations, including Cold Turkey, Chicken, Gander, and Stork.
- Stellenbosch Farmers' Winery in South Africa now produce 'Fifth Avenue Cold Duck', also a sweet sparkling red.
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cold duck — cold′ duck′ n. vin a mixture of champagne and sparkling Burgundy, orig. from Germany • Etymology: 1965–70; trans. of G Kalte Ente … From formal English to slang
cold duck — n. [transl. of Ger kalte ente < ?] a drink made from equal parts of sparkling burgundy and champagne … English World dictionary
cold duck — noun pink sparkling wine originally from Germany • Hypernyms: ↑sparkling wine * * * noun Etymology: translation of German kalte ente, a drink of mixed wines and lemon juice : a beverage that consists of a blend of sparkling burgundy and champagne … Useful english dictionary
cold duck — noun Etymology: translation of German Kalte Ente Date: 1969 a beverage that consists of a blend of sparkling burgundy and champagne … New Collegiate Dictionary
cold duck — 1. a pink sparkling wine originally from Germany. 2. a drink made typically by mixing dry white wine, champagne, lemon juice, and sugar. [1965 70; trans. of G Kalte Ente with sense of def. 2; literal application unclear] * * * … Universalium
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