To live from rancho to rancho, vineyard to vineyard, on the charity of the people there.// Acad. To form ranchossomewhere, or fit in with them.


Group of ten to twelve vineyard workers formed to organise communal eating.// Mar. Each of the divisions of sailors formed to ensure good order and discipline on war-ships; tasks and services are organised by rancho, and the members of each rancho eat together.// Acad. Meal made to be eaten communally by a large group, generally in the form of one big stew or the like.// Acad. Group of people who eat that meal.

Raspado (raspar): 

The operation of giving the slightly convex shape to the outer face of the staves.// Acad. To scrape something lightly to remove some part of its surface.


Coarse oloroso, used for blends, generally derived from butts placed outside the winery to accelerate the wines physico-chemical development.




Cooperage operation of bevelling the edges of the head after the stave-ends have been trimmed. Part of the heading process.




Description of a fino or manzanilla which has spent a long time in the bottle and has oxidised slightly so that its pungent aroma has faded perceptibly and its original organoleptic characteristics have changed.


Cooperage operation of planing the stave joints so that they are perfectly even.// Mar. To give a final coat of caulking to joints.// Mar. To prepare the joints of planks, etc.// Acad. To use suitable tools to even off the face of a stone-built wall after completion.


Refreshing. An essential operation of the crianza process: a portion of wine of the same type, but younger than that which they contain, is added to a criadera or solera. // Acad. A brief shower of rain.

Ruedo (al): 

A butt on the ground ready to be moved by rolling.


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