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Marsala Wine

Marsala wine is a fortified wine named after the west section of Sicily. When we say fortified, it means that hard alcohol is added to it to make it last longer. This was discovered by sea farers long time ago. They wanted to do something about wine to make it last longer and more resistant to changes in temperatures. So they added brandy and Marsala was born.

The demand for Marsala wine grew. In countries where this type of drink is prohibited, buying Marsala was not a problem. Its traditional bottles look like medicine bottles. This made it less risky to buy. It is not that popular today but it is still a famous cooking wine especially for Italian dishes.

Marsala wines are made through a tradition called Solera. This is the melding of years of different batches of grapes. The process starts with filling a keg with the current batch of grapes. Yearly, another batch of grapes are placed above the first so when they draw out wine from the bottom, it is a mixture of all the liquids from the bottom up. With this kind of traditional process of making Marsala, the taste remains the same all throughout the cycle.

Marsala is a fortified wine and you do not have to take special measures as to storing it. Just like any vodka or rum, you can leave it open and unsealed. You do not even have to put it in the fridge. All you have to do is store it in a dark, cool area. The flavor of Marsala wines will not fade at once; it may probably take a month or two. It will not turn dangerous to drink when stored for a long time. You can drink it as it is or you can use it to add extra flavor in your dishes. Now you know what the madness is about Marsala wine.

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