Madera’s Quady Winery has revitalized a wine that was once popular among the early American colonists and then slowly died out.
The modern vermouth, which has its origins in Italy in the middle of the 18th century, is an aperitif wine which draws its aroma from herbs and spices, and its flavor from distilled beverages.
While vermouth remained popular in European nations, it was not re-introduced in the United States until 1999, when Andrew Quady produced a handcrafted small batch.
“When we decided to do it hands on here, I started getting different herbs from all over the world. We’d bring them in and put them into like a big batch of wine and let it steep like tea. Then we’d strain out the herbs and throw them away and we’d taste it and pretty soon it was pretty delicious,” said Michael Blaylock, the winemaker at Quady Winery...