Pineau des Charentes, served lightly chilled, is a traditional, casual aperitif from the Cognac region of France. The label on this bottle says “dessert wine” which is somewhat misleading. This particular Pineau is a very aromatic aperitif; it could also be served in small portions, well-chilled, as an intermezzo or even after the meal. In aroma and flavor, the wine has elements that are fruity, woody and resinous. Golden raisins come to mind as sugary fruit blossoms on the end palate and along with honey in the finish. 17% alcohol.

WHO: Domaine de La Margotterie

WHAT: ugni blanc

WHERE: Gironde, France

HOW MUCH: around $15 (media sample)


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An experienced writer, editor, broadcaster, and consultant in the fields of wine, spirits, food, and travel, Becky Sue's work has appeared in many national and international publications including Intermezzo Magazine, Fine Wine & Liquor, Art & Antiques, Luxury Golf & Travel, Food + Wine, and Wine Spectator. She began her career as a restaurant reviewer for the Los Angeles Times while working in film and television. Epstein is also the author of several books on wine, spirits, and food, including Champagne: A Global History; Brandy: A Global History, and Strong, Sweet and Dry: A Guide to Vermouth, Port, Sherry, Madeira, and Marsala.

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