Vermouth is a fortified wine, available in various red and white varieties (made from the respective type of wine). You will also find sweet and dry vermouths, amber vermouth, and rosé vermouth on the market. Vermouth is fortified with a neutral spirit and then flavored with various botanicals, herbs, and spices, notably the wormwood plant which is also used in absinthe. Some brands add the ingredients to the spirt and redistill it before adding the wine, others add the ingredients to the wine first, and othersstill add them to the blended wine and spirit. Some sugar or other sweetener is typically the final addition. The drink originated in Turin in the second half of the 18th century and this part of northern Italy is still its stronghold. The second-biggest consumer of vermouth is France, but it is also made and enjoyed elsewhere including the U.S. and UK. In Italy and Spain, vermouth is commonly drunk as an aperitif, although the rest of the world knows it primarily as an ingredient in classic cocktails such as the Negroni, Martini, Vesper, and Manhattan.

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Tasting the Wines of Uruguay, 2023 Releases

By Rob Theakston | February 19, 2023 |

Uruguay isn’t the first nation that comes to mind when thinking of South American wines, but not too far off in the future, it very well may be. Hot take, I know. However, with the ever-changing climate, a commitment to sustainability, and multi-generational families experimenting and diversifying offerings and varietals, this small nation of 3.4…

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Review: Luxardo Antico Sour Cherry Aperitif

By Christopher Null | January 20, 2023 |

Don’t call it a liqueur, because it isn’t: Luxardo Antico is a new type of aperitif, essentially a vermouth made from cherry juice. Per the company: Luxardo Antico is Luxardo’s own interpretation of a vermouth. When Luxardo marasca cherries are harvested at the beginning of every summer, part of the juice is separated and left…

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Review: Le Mone Meyer Lemon Aperitif Wine

By Monica Uhm | August 16, 2022 |

An aperitif is technically any alcoholic beverage designed to stimulate the appetite before a meal. Which brings us to Le Moné, a new line of wine aperitifs with “no secrets” on their limited ingredients which comprise Meyer lemon (in the form of California lemon peel), dry New York farm white wine, California brandy, and 100%…

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Review: A.G. Perino Vermouth – Dry and Sweet

By Christopher Null | June 26, 2021 |

Here’s a new brand of vermouths, made in Washington and designed with affordability in mind. A.G. Perino uses premium wines and natural flavors to produce a vermouth in classic Italian style. “While A.G. Perino is perfect in classic cocktails such as a Negroni or Manhattan, it was also designed to be outstanding simply on the…

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How Long Does Vermouth Last?

By Christopher Null | April 1, 2021 |

Reader Evan asks (in a nutshell):  Does vermouth go bad? Grab that bottle of vermouth that’s been sitting open in your liquor cabinet for a year and take a sip. Yeah, it goes bad. Real bad. Vermouth is basically just wine, after all. But how long does it last after you open it? Conventional wisdom…

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Review: 9 di Dante Inferno Sweet Vermouth

By Christopher Null | March 17, 2021 |

From its circles-of-hell logo design to the dark black bottle to, well, the name of the product, 9 di Dante really wants to evoke Dante’s La Divina Comedia with this Italian, rosso vermouth. It certainly has an unusual construction, blended in equal parts from wines made from Dolcetto and Cortese grapes, the latter a white…

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Review: Starlino Rose Aperitivo and Rosso Vermouth

By Christopher Null | December 30, 2020 |

Starlino is a new brand of aromatized wines — and cherries, which we previously reviewed — hailing from Turin, Italy. Today we look at two of Starlino’s wine-based offerings, a sweet vermouth and an unusual pink aperitivo wine that’s great for mixing. (An orange-centric aperitivo was not sent for review.) Starlino Rose Aperitivo – “A…

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Review: Regal Rogue Vermouth, Complete Lineup

By Christopher Null | December 12, 2020 |

Regal Rogue Vermouth (aka RR Vermouth) hails from, of all places, Australia. These are organic products, made from Australian wine and Aboriginal herbs and spices, sourced directly from Aboriginal farmers. Four varieties are on offer, a lot of them flavored with stuff I’ve never heard of. Let’s try them all. Regal Rogue Vermouth Lively White…

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Review: Alessio Vermouth – Dry and Bianco

By Christopher Null | November 28, 2020 |

Alessio’s sweet vermouths performed well in our recent roundup, so today we’re turning toward its two white vermouths — a standard dry vermouth and a sweeter bianco which can be subbed in for dry vermouth when the mood strikes. Alessio Dry Vermouth – “Based on an Italian recipe influenced by the historic French-style dry vermouths…

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Review: Sprezza Vero Spritzes

By Christopher Null | September 23, 2020 |

Sprezza is a line of ready-to-drink cocktails from the folks behind Mancino Vermouth, which teamed up with Scrappy’s Bitters to create a canned version of the vermouth spritz (not to be confused with the Aperol spritz) — a simple, warm-weather cocktail that can be consumed straight from the can or doctored for more elevated sipping.…

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