Vito Curatolo Arini Marsala Vergine Riserva 1995
Suitable for Vegans: Yes
Suitable for Vegetarians: Yes
Food pairing: While Sweet Marsala is perfect for ending a meal, dry Marsala is perfect for kicking one off. Dry Marsala can be enjoyed as an aperitif, or enjoyed with olives, smoked meats or antipasto. The briny, oxidative flavours mingle nicely with the dry, salty and bitter flavours of olives. The bone dry weight of Marsala holds up to many intense and strong flavoured foods where most wines fail. This also includes asparagus, capers and brussels sprouts dipped in Bagna Càuda, a pungent Italian anchovy and garlic sauce.
Established in 1875 by Vito Curatolo Arini, the winery is now run by the fifth generation of the Curatolo family, making it the oldest family-owned Marsala producer. Alberto Antonini is the consultant winemaker and his influence is evident in the wines, combining the richness that Sicily can easily provide with the freshness only someone with Alberto’s experience can retain.
Thanks to the favourable climate in Sicily, consistency in quality can be assured from vintage to vintage.
The Marsalas, still made in the traditional way, are true to tradition and make a great alternative to Sherry. The stunning art-deco label was designed by Ernesto Basile, a famous Palermo architect in the latter part of the 19th century.
The Marsala Vergine Riserva, similarly produced in only the best vintages, sees a longer ageing process that lasts almost 25 years. As a result of this, it has beautiful length and complexity.