La Quintinye Royal Vermouth - Wine & Spirits Magazine

La Quintinye Royal Vermouth

Following a trend in Barcelona, the vermouth revival is in full swing, as evidenced by the imminent blossoming of vermouth bars in Chicago (Artemisia) and Los Angeles (Maruno). This is good, as a profusion of new vermouths has been arriving in recent years, from ancient purveyors like Martini and new ones like La Quintinye. The base for La Quintinye’s Rouge, Blanc and Extra Dry is the fortified wine Pineau des Charentes, which is then infused with 12 botanicals, including vine flowers, ginger, nutmeg and the requisite wormwood. While mixable, the vermouths adopt a robust and characterful style, making them utterly sippable on their own, especially the aggressively flavored Blanc. The Rouge and Extra Dry, however, will beautifully animate any cocktail.

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Domaine Select Wine Estates, NY


$15 (375 ml)

Jordan Mackay’s writing on wine, spirits and food has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Decanter, the Art of Eating and many other publications. While Secrets of the Sommeliers, the book he wrote with Rajat Parr, won a James Beard Award in 2011, it’s certain winemakers that he credits with some of his most important tasting lessons.

This story appears in the print issue of Winter 2015.
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