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        • Carpano Antica Formula Sweet Vermouth (1 Liter)  Front Bottle Shot
          Carpano Antica Formula Sweet Vermouth (1 Liter)
          Vermouth from Italy
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          • Felsina Vin Santo (375ML half-bottle) 2013  Front Label
            Felsina Vin Santo (375ML half-bottle) 2013
            Other Dessert from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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          • Carpano Antica Formula Sweet Vermouth (375ML half-bottle)  Front Bottle Shot
            Carpano Antica Formula Sweet Vermouth (375ML half-bottle)
            Vermouth from Italy
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            • Cocchi Vermouth di Torino  Front Bottle Shot
              Cocchi Vermouth di Torino
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                • Donnafugata Ben Rye (375ML half-bottle) 2019  Front Label
                  Donnafugata Ben Rye (375ML half-bottle) 2019
                  Other Dessert from Sicily, Italy
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                • Cocchi Americano Bianco  Front Bottle Shot
                  Cocchi Americano Bianco
                  Other Fortified from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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                    • Tosti Cardamaro Vino Amaro  Front Bottle Shot
                      Tosti Cardamaro Vino Amaro
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                        • Poli Gran Bassano Vermouth Bianco  Front Bottle Shot
                          Poli Gran Bassano Vermouth Bianco
                          Vermouth from Veneto, Italy
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                          • Cappelletti Pasubio Vino Amaro   Front Label
                            Cappelletti Pasubio Vino Amaro
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                              • Carpano Dry Vermouth (1 Liter)  Front Bottle Shot
                                Carpano Dry Vermouth (1 Liter)
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                                • Antica Torino Rosso Vermouth  Front Bottle Shot
                                  Antica Torino Rosso Vermouth
                                  Vermouth from Piedmont, Italy
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                                    • Pellegrino Dry Marsala Superiore  Front Label
                                      Pellegrino Dry Marsala Superiore
                                      Marsala from Sicily, Italy
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                                      • Hotel Starlino Rosso Vermouth  Front Bottle Shot
                                        Hotel Starlino Rosso Vermouth
                                        Vermouth from Piedmont, Italy
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                                          • Cocchi Rosa Americano  Front Bottle Shot
                                            Cocchi Rosa Americano
                                            Other Fortified from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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                                            • Antinori Muffato (500ML) 2009  Front Label
                                              Antinori Muffato (500ML) 2009
                                              Other Dessert from Tuscany, Italy
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                                              • Lombardo Ambra Sweet Marsala  Front Label
                                                Lombardo Ambra Sweet Marsala
                                                Marsala from Italy
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                                                  • Pellegrino Sweet Marsala Superiore  Front Label
                                                    Pellegrino Sweet Marsala Superiore
                                                    Marsala from Sicily, Italy
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                                                      • Cappelletti Aperitivo Americano Rosso  Front Bottle Shot
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                                                        Other Fortified from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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                                                          • Carpano Bianco Vermouth (1 Liter)  Front Bottle Shot
                                                            Carpano Bianco Vermouth (1 Liter)
                                                            Vermouth from Italy
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                                                            • Bordiga Vermouth Bianco  Front Bottle Shot
                                                              Bordiga Vermouth Bianco
                                                              Vermouth from Piedmont, Italy
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                                                                • Poli Gran Bassano Vermouth Rosso  Front Bottle Shot
                                                                  Poli Gran Bassano Vermouth Rosso
                                                                  Vermouth from Veneto, Italy
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                                                                  • Mulassano Extra Dry Vermouth  Front Bottle Shot
                                                                    Mulassano Extra Dry Vermouth
                                                                    Vermouth from Italy
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                                                                      • Fred Jerbis Vermut 25  Front Bottle Shot
                                                                        Fred Jerbis Vermut 25
                                                                        Vermouth from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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                                                                          • Alessio Vermouth Chinato  Front Bottle Shot
                                                                            Alessio Vermouth Chinato
                                                                            Vermouth from Italy
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                                                                                Learn about Italian dessert wine, common tasting notes, where the region is and more ...

                                                                                For this look at Italian dessert wine, we will omit sweet sparkling options like Moscato d’Asti and Asti Spumante, which are covered in our discussion of Italian sparkling wine. We will also pass on sweet Vermouth and Barolo Chinato, both of which more typically serve as an aperitif or an ingredient in various cocktails. The country in fact produces hundreds of different sweet wines, but we will limit our focus to the following three classics.

                                                                                One of the best-known Italian dessert wines is Vin Santo (“holy water”), produced in many parts of Italy but most widely in Tuscany, where it is commonly enjoyed after a meal with a type of biscotti called cantucci. Vin Santo is a passito wine, meaning it is made from grapes that have been dried for several months before fermentation, which can last for years. Typically, a blend of Trebbiano and Malvasia, Vin Santo can be made in dry or off-dry styles. But the best known versions are rich, complex and sweet, offering delectable notes of caramel, hazelnut, honey and dried apricot. Fortified examples do exist, but the finest are not fortified, coming in at 13%-14% alcohol.

                                                                                Another passito Italian dessert wine option is Passito di Pantelleria, from the island of the same name. This of course is made in a similar manner as Vin Santo, although the passito juice is blended with fresh juice just before fermentation. But here the grape is Zibibbo, also known as Muscat of Alexandria. Beautifully aromatic as well as bursting with jammy flavors of figs, dates and apricots, this is lusciously sweet, and also about 14% alcohol.

                                                                                Finally, we have to mention the fortified Italian dessert wine, Marsala. While commonly thought of today as a cheap cooking wine, Marsala at its best is remarkable. It is made from a variety of indigenous grapes grown near the Sicilian port city of Marsala and can be dry, semi-sweet or very sweet. The color also varies, with the three types being golden, amber and ruby – the latter actually quite rare. Another key variable is the amount of barrel aging, ranging from one year to ten. Production methods can also vary, but the most impressive types are made via a fractional blending process that is similar to the Sherry solera system. These Marsalas, especially those with five or more years in wood, offer tremendous richness and complexity to rival that of fine tawny Ports and oloroso Sherries.

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