Pineau de Charentes Recipe

Pineau de Charentes

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1 bottle of Pineau de Charentes, chilled.

Festive glasses for serving wine.

How to make Pineau de Charentes

The bottle says dessert wine, but I usually serve it as aperitif, chilled, straight up.  It is a fortified wine made of grape juice and cognac fermented together, produced in the Charente region of France.  It is usually made with Colombard, Sauvignon Blanc, or Semillon grapes.  It is slightly sweet with a definite flavor of cognac.  I have read online that is really out of fashion in France, so only try this at the risk of being labeled frumpy by the French.  Since I am hopelessly out of fashion in almost all areas, I don't care.  It can be difficult to locate in my city, but I find it really refreshing and enjoyable as an aperitif.

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