Bonal Gentiane Quina vin Aperitif (France)

ABV: 12.5%

Region: France

This is a classic aperitif wine created in 1865 by a monk/doctor, brother Raphael, whose real name was Hippolyte Bonal. Bonal is a specific type of aperitif wine called quinquina, called so, because it’s infused with extract of chinchona bark. Cinchinoa bark is the primary source of quinine and is the predominant taste component in tonic water.

Quinine and gentiane, along with a secret blend of botanical herbs from the Chartreuse Mountains, are infused in a fortified wine base (called a mistelle).