Drinking and Pairing Banyuls with FoodBanyuls is a fortified, sweet red wine produced at the southern edge of Roussillon and mainland France which borders Spain. The region also produces full-bodied, dry red wines, but these must be bottled under the name Collioure. Banyuls must be produced from at least 50% Grenache. There is also a Banyuls Grand Cru designation for wines that are produced from at least 75% Grenache. Banyuls is made in a fashion similar to Port, whereby brandy is added to partially fermented wine, which stops the fermentation and leaves behind unfermented sugar. Banyuls therefore falls into a French wine category known as "Vin Doux Naturel" (natural sweet wine). Banyuls should show lots of macerated red berry fruit with notes of dark chocolate and espresso.
Banyuls is one of the few wines that pairs well with chocolate, but it can also be useful when pairing desserts that contain berries, toffee and caramel, and coffee.