Beverage of the Week (BOW)
Carpano Bianco Vermouth
Nothing beats the original. Commercial, repeatable Vermouth was created by Antonio Benedetto Carpano in 1786. The idea of blending wine with herbs and spices with wine goes back centuries but Carpano was the first to record it and sell it. The base wine is a blend of Trebbiano, Chardonnay, and Cortese grapes grown in Sicily and Romagna. The wine is then infused with a secret blend of herbs and spices.
The Carpano story begins in Turin in 1786 when Antonio Benedetto Carpano, a trained herbalist, invented the formula for the now famous Carpano Antica combining herbs and spices with muscatel virtually launching the Vermouth category. He soon developed a following. Carpano’s wine shop was situated just opposite the Royal Palace and, confident of the appeal of his new product, he sent a crate of vermouth to King Vittorio Amedeo III. The king took such an immediate liking to the drink and he adopted it as one of the royal household. In 1820 the Carpano brand was formally launched along with a new production facility. In 1982 Fratelli Branca Distillerie acquired 50% of Carpano and in 2001 production was transferred to Milan where it remains. The brand offers four unique products: Bianco, Dry (the latest), Antica Formula, and Punt e Mes.
Brilliant, crystal clear. The aromatics are simply beautiful showcasing fresh, sweet herbs and spring flowers on a backdrop of fruity white wine with hints of grapefruit, honey, and peach. The palate echoes the nose delivering a silky and lush fruit driven core with waves of honey, spice, white flowers, and citrus. Full-bodied with a fresh dose of bright acidity while offering a sweet and juicy center.
How to Serve
The Carpano Bianco is a great addition to a classic Martini. However, I urge you to serve this lovely Vermouth solo on ice or perhaps with a portion of soda. Try flipping the ratio of the classic Martini using a majority Vermouth for a refreshing a smart cocktail.
Price: $ 20.99
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