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The Year of the Spiced Fortified Wine: AKA Vermouth

2021 was the year of nonna’s favourite drink, the Negroni, but will 2022 be the year of aromatic, fortified wine?

The strong, Italian Negroni was being sipped and enjoyed en masse at cocktail bars, restaurants and parties around the world throughout 2021 with hundreds of variations on the standard gin, vermouth and Campari recipe.

There was the Negroni Sbagliato, with the addition of sparkling Prosecco in the place of gin, or the dangerous sounding Mezcal Negroni, of which too many were often consumed, apparently.

Or maybe the simple garden Negroni, infused with chrysanthemum flowers to give a floral twist to the classic Negroni recipe.

Lazy Saturday evenings spent sipping at these dynamite-strong beverages would not be possible without the essential ingredients of the Negroni, with one of them now receiving a little more attention.

Vermouth is a fortified wine which, like gin, is flavoured with botanicals (roots, barks, flowers, seeds, herbs, and spices) and sometimes coloured to produce a strongly flavoured and scented drink, commonly used as an aperitif and it is starting to gain popularity at bars and restaurants around the world.

Over the years, it has been used in various cocktail recipes but was initially used as a medicinal drink back in 1800 when it was first manufactured in Turin, Italy.

Traditionally there were two types of Vermouth, sweet and dry, which were used in various cocktails based on their qualities and characteristics.

They are poured over ice accompanying bread or olives, but in response to changing markets, more variations on the classics were produced.

Extra-dry white, sweet white (blanc or Bianco), red (Rosso), amber (Ambre), and rosé Vermouths started to be shaken, stirred and consumed in the restaurants and bars of France and Italy in its mid-19th-century heyday but now some of these beverages are experiencing somewhat of a renaissance.

For the best martini, you need the best Vermouth and there are some familiar names amongst modern-day Vermouth products that you may recognise from your Granny’s liquor cabinet.

Martini and Rosso is one brand that will be familiar to Vermouth drinkers around the world, producing countless sorts of Vermouth, all delicious in a cocktail, over ice or neat.

Martini Rosso A$34.53 | Source: Bespoke Unit

Most commonly mixed into a Manhattan or Negroni their Rosso sweet Vermouth is arguably the most famous Vermouth in the world and gets its multitude of flavours from over 40 different botanicals leaving an overall sweet flavour with a dominant citrus accord.

Dolin Dry Vermouth is next on the list of desirable drinks, produced in small batches exclusively in the French alpine town of Chambéry, it enjoys some illustrious heritage.

Dolin Dry Vermouth A$23.47 Source: The Wine Hut

Citrus inflected, it carries some refreshing notes of balsamic and menthol with a herbal finish and is a perfect accompaniment to some crusty bread and terrine or pâté.

This wouldn’t be a list of good Vermouth if it didn’t include Carpano Antica Formula, rich and unctuous vermouth, it has been produced since 1786.

Carpano Antica Formula A$78.00 Source: Taste Atlas

The sweet, subtle vanilla notes make it an excellent choice to sip neat.

But what about those who are looking for the pinnacle of Vermouth distilling, the cream of the crop of the botanical infused fortified wine.

The after-dinner digestivo, Mancino Vermouth, produced by Torino Rosso Amaranto must be included on this list due to its exclusivity and rarity.

Only 800 bottles of this exclusive release are produced, aged in a single Italian new oak barrel for 12 months.

With a sweet palate, lifting the cherry, honey, raisin, dark chocolate and vanilla flavours and bringing them to the fore it must only be consumed neat, or over a single cube of ice.

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