Friday, October 15, 2010

La bernache est arivée

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 bernache of one of our neighbors is sold in the local supermarket. How cool is that?

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.


  1. In Austria the new wine is called Sturm ... quite tasty and, like your wine it helps connect us city residents with the local wine makers since it's only available locally (Vienna supposedly makes the most wine of any city in the world).

  2. Walt, again a mouthwatering photo and text. Thanks!

  3. That looks like a wonderful snack.

  4. I'm curious if the wine growers in California produce anything like bernache.

  5. hmm... i'd love to try those grape drinks! sound delicious! :D

  6. No offense, it sounds lovely but I"ll wait till the alchol content shoots up. Keith says you are celebrating an anniversary here and I stopped by to add my good wishes for many more.

  7. I have never heard of this sort of wine
    About November we go for the Neauveau B madness - does France? it is a big to-do here.

  8. Bernache is a traditional partner to roast chestnuts.

  9. andy, that's cool. I didn't know that about Vienna!

    peter, thanks!

    rick, tasty!

    cubby, I don't know the answer to that. I mean, they do, because it's a natural part of the fermentation process. But whether or not they sell it, good question!

    kyh, they're a nice treat, but not too much!

    virginia, I'm with you! But it's a nice treat and brings us a little closer to the wine making process. But I don't know what anniversary you are referring to...

    michael, yes. They invented it! But it's less of a big deal than it used to be. Especially since all the other regions in France have jumped on the bandwagon.

    jim, sounds like a good seasonal pairing to me!

  10. viginia, D'oh! Now I know. It's my 5 year Blogiversary, and I didn't even remember! Thanks!


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