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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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  • Ok,#4- looks like a nicely aged blue- many say port, but the real winners are ... ... and chocolate... maybe a calvados or bourbon?#6- allergic - no comment#7- I use a food enhancer called Maggi.  I know, it sounds like cheating.  But I had a fantastic salad dressing at a German/French restaurant years ago in Carmel.  I was fortunate enough to... Read More

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  • You've never had liquor with chocolate 'pudding', Greg?  One ... made with Grand Marnier, but Calvados, grappa, marc, Cognac, Armagnac and even Bourbon have all made it in as substitutes from time to time.Sorry, but no red wine need apply for a match. Unless maaaaaaaybe Bandol.  ; Read More

    Forum post in the topic Making bad wine taste good


  • Calvados Père Magloire Xo

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    Wine review by cza2099


  • Daron Calvados Xo 1980

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  • Berneroy Calvados Xo NV

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    Least expensive XO Calvados I've come across. It's drinkable but not as delicious as some of the pricier varieties. Read More

    Wine review by cza2099


  • Watching stage one today, I saw an ad for a "virtual" TdF.  Wasn't paying ... ... Aha! I've got it:  Calvados.  "Cideries and Distilleries" reads the tab on the "turisme" website of Lisieux. http://www.lisieux-tourisme.com/Distilleries-et-cidreries,3,0,93.htmlOr you can enjoy your Italian wine during the Snooth virtual tasting on July 6.  Let... Read More

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  • Roger Groult Reserve Calvados Brandy

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    This Calvados is an artisanal product made by the same family for over 4 generations. They grow their own apples and age the cider before they distill it, giving it a beautiful structure and added flavors. They use only very small alembics and distill very slowly to leave all the flavors in the spirit. This young Calvados is good for cooking, co... Read More

    Wine review by SPIRITLADY


  • Calvados Pere Magloire Vsop

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    Wine review by turf44


  • So I am having some family/friends over for a fall menu and would like to nail ... to nail ... Ice Cream and Calvados SyrupI'd like a sparkling for the appetizer, white to pair with the salad, red for the main, and maybe a spirit for the dessert.Here is what I am thinking:2002 J. Schram or a domestic rose' Possible Gruner Veitleiner or unoake... Read More

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  • Roger Groult Calvados Pays d'Auge 8 Years Aged

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    Elegant, persistent, with a refreshing intensity.Bright colour combined with copper and amber nuances.Its very persistent aroma recommends it for drinking as a "Trou Normand" (during a meal), and for accompanying local cheeses.Good base for cocktails. Read More

    Wine review by Drut


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