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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...

  • Catarratto

  • Syrah

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  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

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  • Lots and lots of mushrooms on the market, depending on the time of year and ... thin towards the end with marsala or madeira. Then serve on toast points. Good starter course. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Just picked up 3/8 of a pound...

  • Had some near Taormina a couple of times. Chilled. Sweet, obviously infused into a white (not Marsala) with almonds and some herbs, but uniquely refreshing in that context. I didn't ask whether they chaptalized or stopped fermentation or how they achieved the sweetness and alcohol levels. We were at a bar on a hilltop with that view, and the per... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Looking for almond wine

  • at one time sicilian marsala wine in different flavors almond, tangerine .mandarino was bing imported in triangle shaped bottles To my knowledge as a wine retailer in NYS its been about 10 yrs since that was last available in NY.Guess you have to make another Sicilian visit  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Looking for almond wine

  • Unless, for example, you're talking about 'fortified' wines where ... examples being Port, Sherry, Marsala and Banyuls, though there are others.. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Everyone

  • I'm going to go against what the previous two have recommended for the main ... some Italian Vin Santo or Marsala. Non-vintage ports and sherries will be your best bet budget-wise (although personally I'd go with a digestif like brandy, and a coffee), so here I'll go along with Greg. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Twist on surf and turf and...

  • Sperone Marsala Cremovo Fine Dessert/Fruit/Miscellaneous Wine Giacomo Sperone NV


    Well, I bought a bottle for cooking and ended up drinking it over a week poured in a tumbler over fresh ice! Wow... Read More

    Wine review by mark

  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Im looking for an inexpensive...

  • Cantine Pellegrino Marsala Fine Rubino Dolce 2012


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    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

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