This file photo taken on August 28, 2012 shows man holding a glass of rose wine at the Chateau Sainte-Marguerite vineyard in La Londe-les-Maures.
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Whether the ingredients are traditional, exotic or frankly bizarre, French liqueurs are reliable "ambassadors of quality," an industry leader says.Jean-Dominique Caseau, president of the liqueur producers' union who oversaw the trade fair, says 53 percent of France's production goes for export. France is home to some 50 firms producing 89 million bottles a year for sales topping 500 million euros ($560 million).Whereas old-school drinkers relaxed after dinner with the likes of a blue curacao, a shot of cherry brandy or perhaps a nip of green Chartreuse, Edith Giffard-Jouanneau, heading up a fourth generation at Giffard, says today's postprandial tippler tends to be more adventurous.
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