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Vermouth

In the history of vermouth there are four principal production regions, each with its own distinctive style and varieties. Two of these regions are protected designations of origin: Vermouth di Torino and Vermouth de Chambéry, with a third, Vermut de Reus, awaiting formal recognition. Vermouth di Torino is the original “Italian sweet red,” generally rich and sweet. Vermouth de Chambéry is famous for a clean, light and floral style. These qualities made possible (and famous) the Martini at 1:1 gin to dry vermouth. Chambéry is also home to the first clear sweet vermouth, called "blanc." Vermouth de Reus are generally less sweet than Italian varieties, smooth and wormwood forward. Over 95% sold is Red (Rojo/Roig) on ice with olives and potato chips. Marseilles style (e.g., Noilly Original Dry) is historically a lightly aged, oxidative vermouth, made famous in the kitchen for deglazing and cream sauces. The West Coast/Modern styles had an uneven start post-war, but today there are quality products and sometimes unique taste profiles.

    Dolin Dry Vermouth de Chambéry

    Dolin Dry Vermouth de Chambéry

    FranceSavoie

    17.5% Alc/Vol

    Dolin Dry is distinguished by its light, fresh and clean profile, which comes from a delicate wine base and more than thirty Alpine herbs. From its start in 1821, Dolin Vermouth de Chambéry has been the benchmark for fine French Vermouth. Its fresh and elegant nose, subtle and complex palate is the profile that made the 1:1 gin/dry vermouth Martini famous, and so often imitated by others. In the 1930’s Chambéry earned France’s only protected designation of origin for Vermouth. Beyond mixed drinks, it is an ideal aperitif or accompaniment to raw shellfish, goat cheese or pesto. In cooking, Dolin Dry adds depth and an herbal character that normal white wine cannot. Full details

    Dolin Dry Vermouth de Chambéry
    Dolin Dry Vermouth de Chambéry
    Dolin Blanc Vermouth de Chambéry

    Dolin Blanc Vermouth de Chambéry

    FranceSavoie

    16.0% Alc/Vol

    The clear, sweet Blanc variety of vermouth was first created and made famous by Dolin in Chambéry long before Italian producers replicated the style as ‘Bianco’. The Blanc is traditionally served with a sliced strawberry, a splash of soda and a twist. There may be no better choice for cocktails such as El Presidente or a Blond Negroni. In other cocktails, Dolin Blanc pairs well with blanco tequila, unaged whiskey, or other flavorful clear spirits. It is ideal for infusions of melon or other fruit, and an appetizing accompaniment to a wide variety of cheeses. Full details

    Dolin Blanc Vermouth de Chambéry
    Dolin Blanc Vermouth de Chambéry
    Dolin Rouge Vermouth de Chambéry

    Dolin Rouge Vermouth de Chambéry

    FranceSavoie

    16.0% Alc/Vol

    Dolin Rouge imparts lovely spicy notes amid its light and fresh profile, with a clean finish to complement and not overwhelm a drink’s other components. More than fifty herbs flavor Dolin Rouge; its profile is firm and balanced, without the excessive sweet or lingering aftertastes found in large commercial products. It makes for an exceptional Manhattan that does not bury the tastes of rye or bourbon, even at classic 1:1 proportions. Refreshes a Negroni, too. Dolin Rouge and a twist pairs well with charcuterie or black olives and works perfectly in tomato or meat cookery. Full details

    Dolin Rouge Vermouth de Chambéry
    Dolin Rouge Vermouth de Chambéry
    Comoz Blanc Vermouth de Chambéry

    Comoz Blanc Vermouth de Chambéry

    FranceSavoie

    16% Alc/Vol

    Established in 1856, Comoz was the second-oldest of Chambéry vermouth producers after Dolin, and was perhaps the first to produce the crystal-clear Blanc style. Introduced in 1881, Comoz Vermouth Blanc expressed Claudius Comoz’s selection of wines, plants and fruits, many of which come from the hills above Chambéry. True to its historic character, Comoz Blanc is less sweet than other vermouth blanc, with notes of stone fruits, alpine flowers and a deep, resonant undercurrent of wormwood. Drink on the rocks with a twist, or mix with gin, vodka, or blanco tequila. Full details

    Comoz Blanc Vermouth de Chambéry
    Comoz Blanc Vermouth de Chambéry
    Miró Extra Seco Vermut de Reus

    Miró Extra Seco Vermut de Reus

    SpainCatalunyaVermut de Reus

    17.0% Alc/Vol

    This vermouth has a distinctly Catalan character, and embodies many of the savory flavors found in the famed olives of the region. Truly dry—with no added sugar—it is made with herbs sourced from the Pyrenees mountains and citrus of the Mediterranean. Its wine base of Airén (La Mancha) and Macabeo (Penedes) adds a nice minerality. Enjoy neat, with a splash of tonic, or in a 1:1 Martini. The town of Reus (near Tarragona in Catalonia) is the historic epicenter for vermouth production in Spain, where for over a century the Miro name has set the benchmark for its wormwood-forward style. All production is today overseen by the family patriarch Pere Miro. Full details

    Miró Extra Seco Vermut de Reus
    Miró Extra Seco Vermut de Reus
    Miró Rojo Vermut de Reus

    Miró Rojo Vermut de Reus

    SpainCatalunyaVermut de Reus

    15.0% Alc/Vol

    Founder Emilio Miro Salvat earned great admiration for this well rounded and wormwood-forward ‘Rojo’ sweet red vermouth. Its easy style is ideal for the Catalan tradition of the ‘vermouth hour’, enjoying a glass on the rocks with olives. Miro Rojo also marries beautifully with rye or bourbon, revealing notes of baking spices. The town of Reus (near to Tarragona in Catalonia) is the historic epicenter for vermouth production in Spain, where for over a century the Miro name has set the benchmark for its wormwood-forward style. All production is today overseen by the family patriarch Pere Miro. Full details

    Miró Rojo Vermut de Reus
    Miró Rojo Vermut de Reus
    Cocchi Vermouth di Torino

    Cocchi Vermouth di Torino

    ItalyPiemonteVermouth di Torino DOP

    16.5% Alc/Vol

    The last remaining example of appellation Vermouth di Torino to comply with all of the classical requirements, Cocchi Vermouth di Torino has been produced since 1891. Cocchi uses estate Moscato as the wine base, and vibrant, spicy botanicals such as cocoa, citrus, ginger, and rhubarb. In contrast with other popular Italian vermouths, Cocchi Vermouth di Torino retains wines of Piedmont as the base and avoids a heavy sheen of vanilla that clashes with other cocktail ingredients. Vermouth di Torino stands apart as one of only two protected geographical indications of origin for vermouth, and is the style referenced by classic cocktail books when discussing “Italian vermouth.” Full details

    Cocchi Vermouth di Torino
    Cocchi Vermouth di Torino
    Cocchi “Dopo Teatro” Vermouth Amaro

    Cocchi “Dopo Teatro” Vermouth Amaro

    ItalyPiemonte

    16.5% Alc/Vol

    The name ‘Dopo Teatro’ refers to the late-evening, “after theater” service at restaurants and cafes in Torino, a gathering time for a sip of something bittersweet and maybe a small bite to eat. This “vermouth amaro” (vermouth with added bitterness) uses Cocchi’s classic Vermouth di Torino as its base. From there, winemaker Giulio Bava adds a number of additional botanicals, including chiretta flowers and a double dose of cinchona bark. The result is a robust amaro that retains the refreshing acidity of the original Vermouth. Pair with spicy chocolate preparations, or mix with intense bourbons or ryes, mezcal, or gin. Full details

    Cocchi “Dopo Teatro” Vermouth Amaro
    Cocchi “Dopo Teatro” Vermouth Amaro