Quady Winery Red Blend Amador County Vya Sweet Vermouth NV
Carpano, using a recipe from his grandmother, is credited with making the first commercial vermouth in the sweet red or Italian style. Originally vermouth was a beverage based on the plant wormwood (”Wermut” in German) and used medicinally. Since Carpano the essential feature of vermouth, the aperitif, is that it is flavored with a large number of different plants. Good vermouth should be complex with no single botanical predominating. Imagine listening to a symphony. The great music reaches a crescendo. Uncontrollably, one begins to tingle and feel warm. This is what VYA sweet does to your mouth - the special effect of certain plants. In contrast to the coolness of VYA extra dry, VYA sweet is warm and spicy. It’s bitter sweetness stimulating the appetite for foods to follow. Enjoy sweet VYA on the rocks with a twist or as the Perfect VYA or VYA French Kiss aperitif (2/3 dry and 1/3 sweet VYA on the rocks garnished with orange peel). Added to sparkling wine, sweet VYA makes a VYA Royale or Vya-mosa. Pour about 20% VYA on top. Sweet VYA makes the best Manhattans (2 parts American bourbon and one part sweet vermouth). In fact some 50 bars entered a competition in San Francisco for the Maker’s Mark Manhattan. The secret ingredient of the winning recipe from Palomino Euro-bistro, was VYA sweet vermouth. SPECIAL AWARD: San Francisco International Wine Competition - Double Gold Orange County Fair - 4 Star Gold GOLD MEDAL:Jerry Mead's New World I, Orange County Fair, San Francisco Fair International, California State Fair, San Francisco Fair. Critics Gold :2007 Critics Challange Silver Medal: 2007 Orange County Fair Wine Competition Dallas Morning News Int'l San Francisco Chronicle Jerry Mead's New World Orange County Fair 2007 California State Fair
This wine is finely produced. It is THE best vermouth of the US and rates right up there with the finest of Italian ones. The packaging is also first class. Over the rocks - ooh baby!
I tried Vya for the first time as a component of the best Manhattan I've ever had at Zingerman's Roadhouse in Ann Arbor. Love the complexity and spice it adds to one of my favorite classic cocktails.
Absolutely great for Manhattans, especially with a really good bourbon
This is the best! Better than the Italian one.
Honestly, as enjoyable than a fine wine. Have it on the rocks. Orange peels and spice. If making a manhattan, use it sparingly. Makes a terrific manhattan with Bulliet 95 "Small Batch" Rye ($25) ....10 to 1 ratio. This vermouth is the best $20 a smooth visitor will ever spend since the bottle will give you several nights of enjoyment.
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I love this! I actually live down the street from Quady Winery and I'm a BIG fan of all their wines.
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