Drop by SF’s best specialty food and craft spirits store, The Epicurean Trader, for an opportunity to learn about Vermouth and taste three very unique and delicious styles of Vermouth.
CARPANO ANTICA FORMULA
Back in 1786, Benedetto Carpano created Antica Formula, thus starting the production of an entire new category of alcoholic drinks: the vermouth.
Carpano Antica Formula is the Italian vermouth par excellence, actually the first vermouth ever, made from white wine, Piedmont’s muscatel and the rich wines from southern Italy. Its taste and aroma come from carefully selected brewed mountain herbs. Its vanilla bouquet is matched by notes of spices and dried fruit such as star anise, orange peel and dates.
Perfect to drink cold as an aperitif or after a meal, Carpano Antica Formula can also be used as an ingredient in refined cocktails, adding a special touch in new versions of great classics such as the renowned Negroni or the Americano. Among the latest creations there is the “Prince of Wales” cocktail, one of the most popular drinks in the prestigious Rivoli lounge bar at London’s Ritz hotel.
PUNT E MES
Punt e Mes is a legend on its own. The story goes that back in 1870 a stock broker, caught up in a debate with a few colleagues at Bottega Carpano, ordered a vermouth laced with half a dose of quina liqueur using a Piedmont dialect expression: “Punt e Mes” (roughly translatable as “one and a half”).
Later on, this name with such a peculiar origin entered the common usage thanks to the weird habit of regular Carpano customers to order Punt e Mes only with a gesture, by using a raised thumb to mean “a point” and a mid-air straight horizontal hand movement to mean “a half”. When the waiter saw that, he immediately knew the client wanted a Punt e Mes.
Carpano Dry has a drier taste and a lower sugar content than the other vermouths. The product has its origins in the history of Carpano, enriched with the experience of the Branca brand in the choice and use of the raw materials. Indeed, the most valuable Italian wines are chosen to make this vermouth, helping the finished product to maintain its organoleptic properties for a long time, thanks also to the purification and standardization stages and rigorous quality controls.
About The Epicurean Trader
The Epicurean Trader is dedicated entirely to craft products: craft spirits; organic and sustainable wines; farmstead cheeses and charcuterie; small batch chocolates, coffees, teas and pantry items.
We hand select artisan products from across America for their dedication to the craft, their incredible flavors and fusions, natural ingredients and beautiful packaging.
Our goal is to be a brand ambassador for these smaller brands, sharing their unique stories, and bringing many of them to San Francisco for the first time.
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