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Calvados is a fine apple (and pear) brandy produced in the Normandy region of France. Legend has it that the name derives from a shipping accident in 1588 that took place when a distressed galleon from the Spanish Armada of Philip II, having clashed with the English navy under Queen Elizabeth I, finally strayed to Normandy and crashed between two rocky cliff zones. Some accounts say the name of the embattled ship was El Calvador. Others say the spot where it crashed had always been known as “Calva Dorsa,” a space between the cliffs where those from the shore could see returning sailors. Regardless of which is correct, the name for the brandy came to stay during the 17th century. But cider distillation had its origins long before the name became official. The Arab Moors, who had been distilling spirits from grains and fruits in their home country for centuries, came to France and taught locals the art of disillation. Lord de Gouberville is credited with being the first to distill Read more »

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  • Haven't posted on wine excesses in awhile so here goes. Sorry, JD, no ... ... no ... Marc de Bourgogne, Calvados, Armagnac We were gathered to toast the life of someone just a little younger than Ms. Chung who isn’t doing well, and spent maybe three hours talking about shared experiences. Sometimes trending heavy but overall a very uplifting ... Read More

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  • Broke a couple of personal practices the other night. First of all I'm on a ... tarte tatin with some decent Calvados and Marc d'Alsace (riesling) and coffee.The only wine worth mentioning was the Les Argillieres. Nice vintage, very fine Pommard. I'd had their Les Poutures (a larger if blunter wine which also benefits from aging) before but thi... Read More

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  • I drink more (fino) sherry as an aperitif than any other type. Have no problem ... ... armagnac and cognac, calvados, poire william, etc.) with coffee after dinner as dessert wine over the course of a year--they don't clash but tend to complement those food dessert Read More

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  • Had a a couple bottles of a 1er Cru Chablis (Montmains, Closerie des Alisiers, ... a tarte tatin dessert with Calvados and coffee. A bigger Burgundy white from down in the Cote d'Or might've been better (or maybe even a different varietal from the Loire), but that's what I had at hand and it was too much hassle to run to my offsite cellar. The... Read More

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  • The proper social grouping always makes the difference for that type of ... ... gewurztraminer and Port and Calvados and grappa and espresso . One ambitious member of the group even shelled out $550 for a bottle of Unico. Probably not the best time of night for that bottle... Again, not sure I want to make a BBQ-turkey, whiskey-driven hoe down... Read More

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  • My earliest North American immigrant relatives arrived in Acadia in the ... ... ... such as Rhubarb wine or Calvados.   But... perhaps more to the point - given the mania for "commemoration" - is the fact that the birthplace of this most important French revolutionary (in control of  le Comite de la Securite Publique until his own execution f... Read More

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  • So for me it was Bloody Mary's  and Irish breakfast, and coffee that I ... ... that I later chased with Calvados. Game started at 8:30am Mon. morning Tokyo time and had to be at the sports bar with mates at 7:30 to be assured of proper seating. None of us felt like doing it at home that time of day. The options were an English pub a trainstop o... Read More

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  • I am another who likes calvados.Last year at the London France show [ ] there was a stand where one could taste and purchase several versions and I am hoping he is there again this coming January. I usually go to France once a year and I always order a glass in whatever hotel I am in as no hotel,bar or restaurant in France is w... Read More

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  • I don't know if anyone else here has a taste for Calvados, but to me it's great stuff and a favorite, ever since I first ran into it at a working class zinc bar in Paris as the shot accompaniment to a demi tasse. Soon graduated to the better stuff, drunk after dinner most frequently, but even as an aperitif (and an accompaniment to oysters as I ... Read More

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  • OK, some proposals:1) asparagus: just about the only wine that reliably works ... cheese.5) chocolate: brandy, calvados, even whisky and a few other liqueurs that warm things up in the mouth. I'm with GregT that I don't want cooling effects in my mouth with the chocolate which then congeals/hardens and narrows its flavor profile. Only wine I'v... Read More

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