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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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cassis is French for blackcurrant and is used often as a tasting note for red wines, particularly red wines based on Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Dry white wine mixed with some blackcurrant liqueur is known as both a vin blanc cassis and kir (while red wine mixed with blackcurrant liqueur is sometimes called a cardinal).