Pierre Ferrand Pineau des Charentes, France (750ml)
This blend of Cognac and grape juice (from Cognac) is aged for 18 months, with 12 of those spent in oak casks. The resulting flavor has notes of peaches, plums, prunes, and toasted nuts. Pineau is often kept cold in fridges throughout the region and is served on hot days when guests arrive, much like rosé in Provence. Because of its sweetness, this also pairs tremendously well with cheese plates, but its also great mixed with brown spirits like rum, rye, and bourbon as a substitute for vermouth.
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