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"Made from organic wine and mostly organic botanicals, this straw-colored dry vermouth layers notes of golden raisins, citrus peel, cardamom and vanilla on a base of fresh apple and pear. Recommended for classic cocktails, or to sip alongside a cheese plate."
"Ransom Dry Vermouth harkens back to the flourishing cocktail culture of the Belle Époque, when joie de vivre filled the air and Vermouth made the evolutionary leap from charlatan snake oil and disguised refuse to a distinguished mainstay of the era's most popular drinks: the Martinez, the Martini, the Marguerite, and the Manhattan. As a revival in the mixing of these classic cocktails encouraged us to bring such endangered spirits as Old Tom Gin back into production, we yearned for an aperitif with the aromatic complexity and grace to complement our spirits. So began the era of Vermouth at Ransom.
The production of Vermouth is the great bridge between our winemaking and distilling trades. Beginning in the winery with small lots of organic grapes, we carefully ferment and blend wines of elegance and character. In the distillery, we alambically distill and barrel age brandy to fortify the wine. Next, the Vermouth is infused with a painstakingly selected blend of aromatic botanicals, divined through two years of test batches and blending trials. Sweetened ever so slightly and gently filtered before bottling, our Vermouth retains the traditional slight golden color of its Belle Époque ancestors. We believe that the fashionable beauties of those iconic French aperitif posters would agree that this is a fitting homage to their libation of choice...bonne santé!" - Tad Seestedt
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