What is an oenophile?

So what the heck is an oenophile anyway?!  According to Merriam Webster dictionary, an oenophile is a lover or connoisseur of wine.  It is also meant to refer to someone who appreciates wine.

The word has Latin, Greek and French origins.  It started with the Latin vinum which is kind of a “second cousin once removed” kind of relative to the Greek word for wine, oinos.  Latin speakers combined the two to create oeno.  The suffix -phile is Greek for “lover of” so the direct translation amounts to “lover of wine.”

Oenophile is pronounced EE-nuh-fyl.  The “oe” is pronounced as a long “e” and the “phile” is pronounced like “file.”