Once you've tried it, a kitchen essential. This is Sicily's famous fortified wine at its most simple, in a sweet style that can be used in savoury dishes as well as desserts.
Grillo, Catarratto, Inzolia, Damaschino
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Typical intense aromas and flavours of dried fruits make this a smooth and seductive glassful. This is the fine grade of Marsala, ideal in the kitchen and also very acceptable as an aperitif or accompaniment to nuts, Madeira cake or crisp biscuits.
Marsala is made exclusively in and around the town of that name in the west of Sicily; and, although the number of producers is dwindling as fashions change, and there is no longer a need to 'fortify' wines against long sea voyages, there is still nothing quite like its unique blend of flavours.
Since the award of DOC status in 1969, Marsala's contemporary incarnations can be made from any combination of ten grapes, including the traditional Grillo and Inzolia as well as the plentiful Catarratto and scarcer Sicilian specialties such as Pignatello, Nerello Mascalese and Damaschino.
Fine wines are aged for a minimum of a year, while superiore (two years), superiore riserva (four years), vergine/soleras (five years), and finally vergine/solera stravecchio (ten years) represent the upper tiers of the Marsala hierarchy.
The colour and degree of sweetness also vary, and have their own classifications: oro, ambra and rubino differentiate the golden wines from those with tawny and reddish colours in the glass, while wines marked secco are dry, at 40g/l of residual sugar, with semisecco at 40-100g/l and dolce at more than 100g/l indicating the sweeter styles.
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.