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Banyuls is a sweet, fortified wine named for the eastern French Mediterranean coastal town Banyuls-Sur-Mer in the Languedoc-Rousillon region. It has been produced since the 13th century, when Arnaud de Villeneuve is credited with discovering mutage, adding grape spirit to halt the fermentation of the wine to preserve its natural sweetness. The result is a vin doux naturel (naturally sweet wine), a process also used as the model for making Port and Madeira in nearby Spain. 
Banyuls is a sweet red wine. Its main grape is Grenache, making up at least 50% of the blend, with often another large portion of Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris, Maccabeu, Tourbat and/or Muscat. 15% is allowed for the use of Carignan, Cinsault, Syrah and an even smaller percentage allowable for Muscat-a-Petit-Grains. The grapes are grown in sunny, broiling hot, terraced coastal vineyards that conversely get very cold and windy in winter. 
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  • Grenache Blanc

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  • Chardonnay

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  • If you like port  [sweet with a raisin and almond style fruit] then you ... will almost certainly like a banyuls or maury which are similar but with less alchol and more fruit  You should only have a couple of glasses of port at at time because it is a lot stronger than most wines [20% ABV Read More

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  • Croix Milhas Banyuls Traditionnel Vin Doux Naturel 4 Ans Dage NV


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  • Unless, for example, you're talking about 'fortified' wines where ... Port, Sherry, Marsala and Banyuls, though there are others.. Read More

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  • I started a bottle of Port last night. It was a Real Companhia Velha Vinho do ... thought that the French [ Banyuls and Maury ] do a far better job of fortified wines than the Portugese though I am sure someone on here disagrees with Read More

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  • "a process also used as the model for making Port and Madeira in nearby Spain. " Big typo. Port and Madeira are not from Spain, they are from Portugal. Shocking mistake.

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  • Red wines are not usually described as sweet or mid-sweet. Perhaps a port  ... other fortified wine like a Banyuls would fit the bil Read More

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  • OK, some proposals:1) asparagus: just about the only wine that reliably works ... ... worth trying again is Banyuls.6) sashimi is one thing (with multiple options), sushi (in the photo) something else: vinegar (especially) and wasabi and soysauce for dipping tagteam to eliminate just about every wine. Certainly sake or beer or shochu. In a pi... Read More

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  • Fortified wines;sherry,port and some of the French ones such as Banyuls,Pineau de Charentes and Floc de Gascogne can be either Read More

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  • Greetings to all from sunny Languedoc, thanks for taking the time to resond, I ... ... sites of Collioure and Banyuls (although both are very pretty and steeped in history, as well as wine). I spent a very pleasant week driving around the Thuir area last year, visiting wineries and the fascinating town of Thuir itself, where the Caves Byrhh a... Read More

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  • I can think of lots of nice red wines but few are sweet unless you want a ... ... like a port,maderia,maury or banyuls e Read More

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  • A ridiculous number of trigger pullworthies in this new offering, many in their ... ... et Terroirs du Sud 1959 Banyuls   |  6 in stock  |  $74.99 Domaines et Terroirs du Sud 1959 Maury   |  6 in stock  |  $74.99 Dugat-Py 2002 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru   |  8 in stock  |  $274.99 Dugat-Py 2002 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Lavaux St. Jacques  |... Read More

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  • Dessert wines are my favorite... of course dessert is my favorite meal course anyway. Yes, it is NOT P.C. but I just do not care.I am older now and I want to have what I like. Health "dictators", be gone!! Just because dessert is my favorite, does NOT mean I actually OVER EAT desserts. LOL!!

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