WHAT IS AN APERITIF?
Originating from the Latin word aperio, aperitifs were originally conceived to “open” or prepare the appetite for a meal. While there are different styles of aperitif, aperitif wines such as Dubonnet make up a special class called “aromatized” wines – fortified wines that have been flavored with herbs, roots, flowers, barks and other botanicals.
Though there is evidence that the ancient Egyptians believed in drinking a small amount of alcohol before a meal, aperitifs didn't peak in popularity until the late 19th century - and caught on in the United States by 1900. By the turn of the century, Dubonnet was producing more than three million bottles a year and was exported throughout the world.