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          • Carpano Antica Formula Sweet Vermouth (1 Liter)  Front Bottle Shot
            Carpano Antica Formula Sweet Vermouth (1 Liter)
            Vermouth from Italy
            • WE95
            4.6 264 Ratings
              49 99
            • Carpano Antica Formula Sweet Vermouth (375ML half-bottle)  Front Bottle Shot
              Carpano Antica Formula Sweet Vermouth (375ML half-bottle)
              Vermouth from Italy
              • WE95
              4.4 240 Ratings
                22 99
              • Cocchi Vermouth di Torino  Front Bottle Shot
                Cocchi Vermouth di Torino
                Vermouth from Italy
                  4.4 29 Ratings
                    30 99
                  • Bordiga Vermouth Bianco  Front Bottle Shot
                    Bordiga Vermouth Bianco
                    Vermouth from Piedmont, Italy
                      0.0 0 Ratings
                        31 99
                      • Poli Gran Bassano Vermouth Rosso (700ML)  Front Bottle Shot
                        Poli Gran Bassano Vermouth Rosso (700ML)
                        Vermouth from Veneto, Italy
                        • WE90
                        0.0 0 Ratings
                          27 99
                        • Hotel Starlino Rosso Vermouth  Front Bottle Shot
                          Hotel Starlino Rosso Vermouth
                          Vermouth from Piedmont, Italy
                            0.0 0 Ratings
                              27 99
                            • Mulassano Extra Dry Vermouth  Front Bottle Shot
                              Mulassano Extra Dry Vermouth
                              Vermouth from Italy
                                0.0 0 Ratings
                                  39 99
                                • Carpano Dry Vermouth (1 Liter)  Front Bottle Shot
                                  Carpano Dry Vermouth (1 Liter)
                                  Vermouth from Italy
                                    0.0 0 Ratings
                                    32 99
                                  • Carpano Bianco Vermouth (1 Liter)  Front Bottle Shot
                                    Carpano Bianco Vermouth (1 Liter)
                                    Vermouth from Italy
                                      0.0 0 Ratings
                                      32 99
                                    • Antica Torino Rosso Vermouth  Front Bottle Shot
                                      Antica Torino Rosso Vermouth
                                      Vermouth from Piedmont, Italy
                                        3.8 5 Ratings
                                          31 99
                                        • Poli Gran Bassano Vermouth Bianco  Front Bottle Shot
                                          Poli Gran Bassano Vermouth Bianco
                                          Vermouth from Veneto, Italy
                                          • WE94
                                          0.0 0 Ratings
                                            27 99
                                          • Fred Jerbis Vermut 25  Front Bottle Shot
                                            Fred Jerbis Vermut 25
                                            Vermouth from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
                                              0.0 0 Ratings
                                                41 99
                                              • Antica Torino Bianco Vermouth  Front Bottle Shot
                                                Antica Torino Bianco Vermouth
                                                Vermouth from Piedmont, Italy
                                                  0.0 0 Ratings
                                                    38 99
                                                  • Mulassano Bianco Vermouth  Front Bottle Shot
                                                    Mulassano Bianco Vermouth
                                                    Vermouth from Italy
                                                      0.0 0 Ratings
                                                        37 99
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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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