Jun 19, 2010
The Perfect Martini at Quady North
Chris and I recently visited the Tasting Room in downtown Jacksonville and tried the two styles of Vya vermouth- extra dry and sweet. Neither of us claimed to be a fan of vermouth or had any idea how to serve it, but all that changed once Zoe poured the magical elixir.
Vermouth is a fortified wine made with botanicals that makes a perfect apertif or addition to a martini. The extra dry Vya is made from a blend of Colombard and Orange Muscat wines with a selection of fresh whole dried herbs like lavendar, elecampane, angelica and linden. It is smooth and refreshing with a cool tingly eucalyptus flavor sensation. Sweet Vya has the same tingly special effect, but with warmth and spice. Sweet Vya can be served on the rocks or combined with extra dry Vya for a French Kiss (2/3 extra dry and 1/3 sweet Vya on the rocks garnished with an orange peel). For more cocktail ideas visit the Vya website. Both vermouths are $13 for 375 ml or $20 for 750 ml.
Tickets for the Cocktail Hour are $20 each and include two drink tickets, appetizers, and a $10 off Q-pon (how clever). For more information call 541.702.2123 or visit www.quadynorth.com.
*Vya is not made in Southern Oregon, but at the Quady Winery in Madera, California.