Marsala wine is a popular wine from the town bearing the same name in Sicily. Most of the locals drink the Marsala añejo, but in order to export it, the Marsala is fortified to increase its alcohol content and stability.
Although Italy is renowned for its red and rosé wines, it produces also white wines. His most recognized appellations of origin produce high quality white wines, fresh, full-bodied and with a light touch of spicy flavor that usually fascinate the most demanding palates.
Sicily is one of the most genuinely Mediterranean lands of Italy, and so its agriculture, from ancient times, perfectly sums up the purest essences of the culture, the climate and the character of the island.
With ideal physical characteristics for the elaboration, among others, of products such as citrus fruits, olive oil and of course, wine, Sicily has a tradition of vine cultivation which is lost in antiquity, although it seems that Greeks and Phoenicians were responsible respectively for planting the first vines in the hills of Sicily and market them around the Mare Nostrum, which they found perfect for it because of their mild temperature, the sea breeze that runs its coast and the vast amount of sunlight that still makes the autochthonous grapes particularly suited for the different varieties grown in it.
The wines are our closest ally in the kitchen, not just for that shot that we took while we cook, but for the variety and intensity of flavors and aromas that are achieved by adding them to our recipes. While my neighbor is the largest specialist I know about cooking with wine, as I think all his recipes include its secret ingredient (by all accounts): old wine, I also use Marsala, Porto, Sherry and Madeira to cook quite often.
Many people know the benefits of these wines to accompany desserts. A glass of Porto with some almond cake bearing some black chocolate ... mmmhhhh delicious! Or that sherry, in all its varieties, which take us from the appetizer, to the food (yes, of course you can eat with sherry, choosing the right variety) to get to the desserts and coffees, that may become mythical if you know a good wine to accompany sweet or fragrant Jerez.