Beaumes de Venise is a solid but unspectacular wine with a glorious past in Irish wine circles. The mildly unctuous, sweet dessert wine from the southern Rhône Valley achieved extraordinary sales here in the 1980s and early 1990s.
I was often asked about the twin mysteries of the Irish wine market on visits to French wineries, especially in Burgundy and the Rhône. Why, they would ask, do the Irish love Macon-Lugny...
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