Z Line Vermouth: The Botanicals

Vermouth: Aromatized and Fortified Wine Vermouth can be aromatized with any botanical product, which makes for a vast and rich field of possible flavors. When I set out to collaborate on a vermouth with family friend and farmer Sam Merwin, I knew the botanicals would tell a story: a story of his family’s farm and…

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…

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…

Z Line Vermouth: The Recipe

Ingredients 100 pounds chardonnay grapes, harvested on a cool night 5 grams of Pinot Grigio yeast 1 gram SO2 4 bottles applejack or grape brandy 1 jar dichondra seeds[1] 1 jar safflower 1 jar mandarin peels 1 jar wild anise flowers 2 cups dried alfalfa 5 teaspoons wormwood 4 cups safflower and wild blackberry honey…