John Wilkinson was telling his friend Steve Matthiasson how much he loved Matthiasson Vermouth, a sweet elixir made from the (white) Flora wine grape. Steve makes only a few hundred cases every two years, as there are only 10 or so acres of this varietal in all of California.
Steve was immediately on board and wanted to make a cherry vermouth with wine grapes that evoke dark cherry flavors like Petit Sirah and Merlot. He suggested we add fresh Tartarian cherries.
Thus the inspiration to create a new sweet vermouth to pair perfectly with our style of whiskeys. (One we could make more than a few hundred cases!)
Partner Vermouth’s unique complexity comes from Steve’s knowledge of aromatic bitters and his ability to blend, taste, and tweak over and over until it's perfect. Enjoy Partner in your favorite cocktail, neat as a digestive, over ice... more recipes.
Partner Vermouth hearkens to an earlier America when alcohol and medicine were one and the same. Whiskey and vermouth cured all.
Vermouth is wine infused with botanicals. This marriage of flavors dates back to the origins of wine itself. The Caesars and Pharaohs of the ancient world had their own royal recipes, as well as the common folks on their farms…families throughout history added herbs and spices to their local wine, both for flavor and for health. Vermouth has always been considered medicinal as well as delicious, and we are continuing the tradition.
A blend of Merlot and Petite Sirah, heightened it with fresh Tartarian cherries from Lodi California, and exotic spices from around the world. We made grape spirit infusions of spices such as Smoked Black Cardamom, Star Anise, Indian Coriander, Chinchona bark, and Wormwood.
Smokey and exotic on the nose, fruity on the palate, with a long finish that cleans up with the bitter herbs, Partner Vermouth works in a cocktail, on ice, or simply neat.
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