Felix Kir was a priest, a prominent member of the French resistance during WW2, and the mayor of Dijon from 1945 until his death in 1968.  He had an affinity for mixing a small quantity of Creme de Cassis de Dijon (blackcurrant liquor) with a much underrated local white wine called Aligote, and he served this as an aperitif to all visiting guests and dignitaries.  So much so, that the drink is now named after him, and known throughout the world.  The acidity of the Aligote grape is countered by the sweetness of the liquor, and makes it particularly well suited to serving with 'amuse bouches'.

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