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Marsala is the regional fortified wine of Sicily, Italy. As with other famous European fortified wines like Port or Madeira, it was originally produced not for local consumption, but export to Great Britain. In the 1770s, English wine merchant John Woodhouse began adding grape brandy to Sicilian wines so they could last the sea voyage home. The wines were already high in residual sugar from sun ripened grapes, and were a natural base for sweet wine. It met with instant success and over time, became a more refined product.
Well, some of it. For many years, there were no restrictions on the crops used for Marsala. The higher quality Inzolia and Grillo varietals were skipped in favor of Catarratto, which could be grown quickly and in huge amounts, but affected flavors. It was not uncommon for sugar, or worse, other artificial sweeteners, to be added to try and mask the acidity of Catarratto. Thus, most Marsala became known as a cheap cooking wine.
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  • Palomino

    History of the grape: Palomino is split into three types: Palomino Fino, Palomino de Jerez and Palomino Basto. All of...

  • Frappato

  • Catarratto

  • Syrah

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  • Then there're also marsala and vin santo and... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Fortified wines are red or...

  • Most cheap red has excessive residual sugar, but then there are also the ... ... recommend something like Marsala (Sicily) or Marvodaphne (Pelopennesus, Greece) both of which have some aspirations to quality without giving up much in price.  Read More

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  • Cantine Pellegrino Marsala Fine Rubino Dolce 2012


    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002

  • Other fortified wines you might like are sherry from Spain,marsala from Sicily and Maderia from the island of that name Read More

    Forum post in the topic Port

  • From the Wiki:GrilloGrape (Vitis) Color of berry ... and, in particular, for Marsala. Its origins are uncertain, but it may have been introduced into the island of Sicily from Puglia. It was already widely planted in the Province of Trapani by 1897; today it may be grown throughout Sicily and also in the Aeolian Islands. It is also found growin... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Italian grape varieties

  • I'm continuing to try to broaden my wine horizons and try a broad spectrum ... Grillo (most often used for Marsala, but also used in dry whites). I looked up this grape in snooth's database of grapes, but I got nothing. So it is up to us snoothers to develop such content? If that's the case, I'll try to make some contributions as time goes on ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Italian grape varieties

  • Cantine Pellegrino Marsala Fine Secco 2012


    Aroma - nuts, dried apricots, bitter chocolate, Margot liqueur, caramel, spice. the taste is intense, pleasant, very sweetVery good: , , : 17% : 55/ Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108

  • Marco de Bartoli Marsala Superiore Riserva 10 Anni NV

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    Wine review by SiinoHaack

  • Columbo Sweet Fine Marsala V.Q.P.R.D


    The initial strong mediciney aroma has a hint of plum and spice - but I can't ... and makes a great beef stew marsal Read More

    Wine review by richterite

  • Opici Marsala Fine Sweet NV


    I dont think the stuff I had is from Italy - NY State I believe is where it was ... ... resist! Never tried a marsala before. The flavor is sugary, like candy, with a bit of grape and caramel. A one dimensional dessert wine. Drinkabl Read More

    Wine review by Slipstream

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