Ladies of the Night (Harvest)
Most of us know it as a black-currant liqueur which, when added to white wine, makes a drink called a Kir. But Cassis, the liqueur, has nothing to do with Cassis, the wine region. A tiny but popular appellation of Provence, France, Cassis is a small fishing village a few miles southeast of Marseille. Stories are told about how the prostitutes of Marseille, in times past, helped pick the grapes at harvest. Surrounding the fishing village are the vineyards, fewer than 400 acres in all. Most of the wine is mouthfilling dry white, made principally from clairette and marsanne grapes.