The sweeter style of Marsala Superiore, with dried fruit and vanilla aromas and warm, restorative almond, raisin and fig flavours.
Grillo, Catarratto, Inzolia, Damaschino
Free delivery in Ireland/NI on all orders over €150
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Dolce represents the sweeter style of Marsala Superiore, with dried fruit and vanilla aromas and warm, restorative almond, raisin and fig flavours. Perfect with (and in) all kinds of cakes and desserts, as well as an excellent accompaniment to quiet contemplation - if you can find the time!
Marsala is one of the world's great fortified wines, made exclusively in and around the town of that name in western Sicily.
It is thought to have been created by English wine merchant John Woodhouse, who came to Marsala in 1770. His new style quickly gained traction in the British market, and great volumes were produced, a large proportion of which was sold to the expanding British navy of the time—five hundred barrels a year was Admiral Nelson's famously-large order.
In 1969 Marsala was granted DOC status. Its modern incarnations can be made from any combination of ten grapes, including the traditional Grillo and Inzolia and the modern, mass-planted Catarratto. Others include Sicilian specialties Pignatello, Nerello Mascalese and Damaschino.
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).
These are complemented by categorisations of the colour and sweetness of the wines: oro, ambra and rubino describe the gold, amber and ruby hue of the wines; secco (dry, at 40g/l), semisecco (semi-sweet, at 40-100g/l) and dolce (sweet, at more than 100g/l) indicate the residual sugar in the end wine.
Orders of €150+: free delivery in Ireland and Northern Ireland
All other orders: €15 flat rate delivery in Ireland and Northern Ireland
Orders are usually dispatched in the first two working days after receipt.
We cannot guarantee delivery on a given day. If the delivery date is important, please let us know, and we'll put one of our 'Not to Be Opened Before' stickers on the box and aim for delivery a day or two early.
Your orders are delivered by courier to ensure fast and reliable delivery of each carefully packaged consignment. Because nobody likes breakages, we use very strong and secure packaging specially designed to protect wine bottles.
Personalised champagne orders are dispatched to anticipate your requested deadline (see above), or otherwise as soon as possible. Please allow at least one extra working day for these orders to be prepared.
The ideal delivery address has someone available to sign for parcels during office hours, so a work address may be a better choice than a home address. An Eircode eliminates any doubt about the delivery location, and you can find or check Eircodes here.
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Our couriers do their best to deliver and often have amazing local knowledge, but in the event of difficulties a reliable telephone number for the recipient makes all the difference and is a required piece of information. A mobile number is usually best.
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Delivery outside Ireland
If you need delivery to Northern Ireland, our €15 standard rate applies, with orders of €150 and more travelling free—for the time being.
We do not generally send wine overseas because of the complicated bureaucratic requirements and very high cost. If you would nonetheless like more information about deliveries outside the island of Ireland, please ask.
Wine is a natural product: its variety is what makes it so interesting!
Sometimes, though, a faulty bottle turns up. It's rare, but it does happen.
We want you to enjoy the wines you buy from us, and we'd like you to enjoy doing business with us too.
If you are unlucky enough to receive a bad bottle, please let us know immediately by calling the office on 021 431 6000 and we'll arrange a replacement or issue a credit in compensation.
Broken or Damaged Deliveries
Despite our best efforts to wrap and pack securely, damage in transit occurs from time to time.
If there's a breakage, our couriers will normally return the whole fragrant mess to us straight away.
If, however, the damage isn't apparent until you open the box, we'd still prefer to have the whole parcel collected. We'll send you a replacement as soon as possible.