I've been mentioning la bernache recently. It's the fresh grape juice that's just beginning to ferment and around this time of year, just as the grape harvest is finishing up, you can find bernache at festivals and in the local markets. We saw a big display of mushrooms and bernache at our local Intermarché supermarket on Thursday and couldn't resist a bottle of the bernache rosée.
The winemaker is just down the road from us. We've never visited her place, but we intend to before too long. Before we found this, I had thought that bernache was only white. But now I know it comes in a rosé as well. And it's good! It kind of reminds me of Orangina, if you know what that is. It's got the same sweetness and the same fizziness. It's also got one thing that Orangina does not: alcohol, but only three percent. It made a great little apéro on Thursday before lunch.
In just over a month, the next stage of this year's wine making will be available: le Touraine primeur. It's the same idea as Beaujolais Nouveau, the young finished wine from the recent harvest. The Touraine version is from our area. It's quickly becoming a Thanksgiving tradition for us.
I love autumn.