From Too Many Chefs -

July 14, 2004
Wine and Peaches

Rarely do I prefer white wine to red. Sometimes with fish, but not always. When the temperature climbs too high, a cold, dry white can refresh. And, if there is no red in the house, I'm happy to drink a glass of white.

With heat advisories being issued almost everyday where I live, I'm craving a chilled glass of white more than a room temperature red. A friend recently showed me a new way to drink white wine that makes it a perfect afternoon refresher--white wine infused with peaches.

The recipe couldn't be simpler. Pour a bottle of white wine into a pitcher, drop in a sliced peach, and let sit for a few minutes. No sugar or mixers. No shaking or stirring. Serve each glass with a peach slice. The peach adds a delicate flavor and just a hint of sugar.

My friend's Italian-American family served this drink frequently. On a recent a trip to the Amalfi Coast, she noticed that the locals were drinking their wine this way as well. It looks like the recipe can be traced all the way back to Italy.

Posted by at July 14, 2004 2:58 PM | TrackBack

What a great idea! I am already a fan of rosť wine with peach liqueur but this sounds even better. Unfortunately, I'm not drinking for the next six months or so but I'll definitely be trying it next summer. (Maybe by then we'll have summer weather in Paris?) You might also want to try it with a dry rosť - with the liqueur it's pretty nice!

Posted by Meg in Paris on July 15, 2004 at 6:01 AM

Yes, this shows some similarities to the drink you posted in earlier summer.

I thought French doctors encouraged pregnant women to drink a glass of red each day?


Posted by Todd on July 15, 2004 at 6:46 PM

They used to do even a few years ago, but they are changing their ways now. My friend Valerie has two kids, aged three and 18 months: with the first she was encouraged to drink a glass of wine occasionally and with the second forbidden to do so!

That said, I do occasionally indulge in a half-glass of wine if it's a really nice one. You lose the taste for alcohol to a certain extent though.

Posted by Meg in Paris on July 16, 2004 at 1:17 AM