Cloth $35.00 ISBN: 9781789141528 Published February 2020 For sale in North and South America only
An e-book edition will be published.

Strong, Sweet and Dry

A Guide to Vermouth, Port, Sherry, Madeira and Marsala

Becky Sue Epstein

Strong, Sweet and Dry

Becky Sue Epstein

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240 pages | 80 color plates, 50 halftones | 6 3/4 x 8 3/4
Cloth $35.00 ISBN: 9781789141528 Published February 2020 For sale in North and South America only
E-book $35.00 ISBN: 9781789141863 Published October 2019
Today, many fortified wines are flourishing again, revived by discerning drinkers and modern mixologists all over the world. Once popularly savored before or after dinner, fortified wines—vermouth, sherry, port, madeira, and the like—had fallen out of favor until recent times. But now, in pubs and wine bars, high-end restaurants and homes, these wines are finding their way into innovative cocktails, and they are being appreciated anew for their fine qualities and strong, complex tastes.

Strong, Sweet and Dry is the ultimate guide to these freshly rediscovered palate pleasers. In lively style, Becky Sue Epstein explores the latest fortified wine innovations and trends, along with their colorful history, including the merchants, warriors, and kings who helped bring these beverages into being. Featuring a plethora of enticing images, along with anecdotes, facts, and recipes, this is a superb tour through the long history of fortified wines and their global resurgence today.
Review Quotes
Dale “kingcocktail” DeGroff
"Strong, Sweet and Dry is an extraordinary voyage demystifying the aromatized and fortified wine world, and the timing couldn’t be better. Americans are enjoying the world of port, sherry, vermouth, and Madeira in some cases for the first time in their cocktails! We have officially rediscovered the wet Martini and we have amazing choices for vermouth in our Manhattans. This book needs to be on your reading list.”
Debra Meiburg MW, master of wine & director, Meiburg Wine Media
“Epstein’s fresh take on these oft-overlooked treasures takes you through the fascinating past, where the origins of vermouth, port, sherry, madeira, and marsala are revealed, traces their contemporary trends, and discusses their modern relevance. Strong, Sweet and Dry is a wonderful read for professionals and passionate connoisseurs alike!”
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