How to taste vermouth

Harry Dosanj of Kelowna, British Columbia and his mobile bar

Arnica Rowan encourages us wine lovers to have a go at something stronger, sweeter and flavoured. See also these tasting notes from her and Tam on possibly the biggest collection of vermouths ever assembled.

‘Hi, Harry.’

‘Hi, Arnica. I’m pretty excited about this.’

‘Me too.’

Harry Dosanj and I grinned at each other through the computer screen. Twenty minutes before, I had dropped a dozen plastic-covered wine glasses at his doorstep, and the samples were now covering our respective desks. As a wine consultant and writer, I often taste a dozen wines in a sitting, but not aromatised wines.

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