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French Apéritifs for Bastille Day

Traditional Apéritifs before dinner are a ritual in France! They’re normally served with family and friends before dinner (and sometimes lunch) with light bites such as cheese and olives. The word Apéritif comes from a Latin word meaning to “open up,” which makes sense as these drinks are used to stimulate your appetite before a meal.

Also referred to as an apéro for short in France, it’s common to cheers with “Santé!” (good health) or “Tchin Tchin!” (cheers).  Most regions in France have their own specialty Apéritifs and everyone has their favorite.

Some popular Apéritifs you’ve probably seen in our store are:

Dolin Vermouth: Slightly grassy nose, mingled with aromas of lime, thyme and white wine. Noticeably lighter on the palate with floral notes and spices.

Lillet: A blend of 85% Bordeaux region wines and 15% macerated liqueurs, mostly citrus liqueurs, stirred in oak vats until blended. During the aging process, Lillet is handled as a Bordeaux wine.

Byrrh: Pronounced (Beer) An aromatised wine-based apéritif made of red wine, mistelle, and quinine.

Stop in and grab a bottle to “Tchin Tchin!” with this Sunday for Bastille Day!