Vermouth Storytelling: ASFS 2020

It has become a familiar feeling in 2020: the wrenching heartbreak of hearing a long-awaited in-person gathering has been cancelled.  Even if one knows it to be the only choice, it stings to mourn the loss of one more thing. That’s why I was delighted when when my favorite annual Food Studies conference was moved…

Decisions, Decisions: Winemaking

Before I could make Z Line Vermouth, I needed wine (vermouth’s base ingredient). Though a total novice, I hoped to make the wine myself. My friend Sam is a fourth generation farmer who has started growing chardonnay grapes under contract in the last five years.  Sam graciously allowed me to harvest 100 pounds of grapes…

Basic Vermouth Recipe

This is a general recipe for crafting vermouth in a home kitchen. It’s flexible to the volume of vermouth you would like to make and to the ingredients you have at hand or would like to use. For more vermouth commentary on this site, click here. Ingredients: 2-10 bottles of wine White or red; I…

Quarantine Diary in a Bottle

Compose a boozy diary of your quarantine by making vermouth: bottling scents and flavors from this moment in time to take a snapshot of this self-isolated life. Vermouth is aromatized, fortified wine – that is, wine given a boost of extra flavors and extra booze. Best known in the US as the other half of…

Z Line Vermouth: Photo Essay

Many folks only know of vermouth as ‘other part’ of a martini. The dusty, little-known bottle on the shelf of almost every bar might be identified by a single tasting note: dry or sweet. But, oh, all the things vermouth can be! Vermouth is a fortified and aromatized wine, meaning: wine with extra booze and…