The Carpenters’ favourite

Domaine des Bernardins, Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise 2006
A complex mix of fresh peaches, flowers and alcohol, in check for the style. The RS is on the low side so it would be better to look to fresh fruit as a pairing partner rather than a sweet baked dessert. 100% Muscat Blanc a Petits Grains. Mis par Cave Castaud in Beaumes-de-Venise 15% $14.49 (375ml) at Bottle Barn.

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Ray Johnson is the Executive Director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. He writes about food and wine, his travels and the business of wine. He makes his home in Sonoma County, California.
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2 Responses to The Carpenters’ favourite

  1. Hi there Ray, love the blog , just thought you guys might be interested in a few other corkers from the same producer Bernadines – if you can get them in the US. Castaud now make a vendange tardive…only around 50gms/l RS…named Esprit d’Libre, a lovely light floral muscat when a dessert calls for a light touch. Its the brainwave of the son of the household Romain Hall, outside the aoc regs so vin du pays. The other beauty is their throw back to how Muscats were made in the middle of the last century by Romain’s grandparents…its called Hommage, comes in 50cl bottles, is a dark amber colour and has prune/christmas cake flavours reminiscent of a quality sweet sherry. My wife Amy and I were lucky enough to taste all these courtesy of a private visit last week with host Phil Reddaway of La Madelene Rhone Wine holidays , an excellent wine education and tour establishment located not far the Mt. Ventoux. You can check them out on Ray, hope you can find these bottles, worth the effort. Adios, Craig

  2. Ray says:

    Thanks for the tips Craig.
    Best, Ray

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