Catarratto – Grillo – Inzolia are three white wine varieties commonly blended together in Sicily. The most common application for this blend is in the fortified wines of Marsala.
Food matches for Catarratto – Grillo – Inzolia wines include:
- Grilled swordfish rolls (involtini di pesce spada)
- Honey-roasted Brussels sprouts (fortified)
- Tiramisu (fortified)
Marsala is one of the world’s great fortified wines, made exclusively in and around the town of that name, in the far west of Sicily, southern Italy. Like some of its fortified counterparts from other parts of Europe, Marsala has seen a significant slump in popularity and sales over the past few decades, although there are efforts underway to re-establish its once-gleaming profile.
There are five ageing-related categories for the wines: fine (one year), superiore (two years), superiore riserva (four years), vergine/soleras (five years), and finally vergine/solera stravecchio (ten years).
This Vecchio Superiore Marsala is amber in colour with dark gold reflections. Aromas characteristic of great finesse, has hints of raisin and vanilla. The taste is warm and full-bodied, with elegant flavours of bitter almonds and raisins.
This Old Dry Florio should be served at 10-12°C in a tulip glass of dessert wine size.