Thursday, June 16, 2005


Lillet, White French Aperitif Wine NV ($19) - Podensac-Gironde France; 17% alcohol. Not sure what to call this fortified wine made from wine and fruit liqueurs made from various oranges with a touch of cinchona bark from Peru (quinine). It is then aged in Oak for 6 to 12 months. I guess you order it by name. I was told the wine component is mostly Sauvignon Blanc with some Semillon. Serve well chilled either as a specialty cocktail (see the website for recipes), with soda and ice and a twist of orange, on the rocks, or neat in a wine glass. This is a great summer quencher and change of pace. I guess it's a little like very good Vermouth, but more flavor components and not just almonds and nuts. Bon Appetite!


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