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Help me find a substitute for Noilly-Prat

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Atlixco79 Jan 27, 2009 06:10 PM

I always used to keep a bottle of Noilly-Prat dry vermouth on hand for cooking and an occasional martini. They recently changed the formula, and I now find it much too sweet. Can anyone recommend an alternative in the same price range?

  1. c oliver Jan 27, 2009 06:16 PM

    I'd heard the NP was better than Martini & Rossi. Will be interested to hear feedback for MY replacement purposes.

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      Jack_ Jan 27, 2009 06:30 PM

      I like Cinzano but it is a very subjective thing. Each Vermouth has its own formula

      1. todao Jan 27, 2009 06:33 PM

        I am certainly OK with Cinzano, but "Martini" brand (an Italian dry Vermouth) or a Vya Vermouth might prove to be good choices.

        1. alanbarnes Jan 27, 2009 06:54 PM

          If you can find Vya vermouth (from the Quady winery in California) you may be very pleasantly surprised. Maybe not for cooking, but it's incredible in a martini, and is very nice as an apertif.

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            BWY May 18, 2009 04:30 PM

            Use half white wine and half sherry.

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              smtucker May 18, 2009 08:49 PM

              You might want to search stock at other stores. One of my local stores had tons of the old formula available, and I bought a case to keep for cooking.

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                David A. Goldfarb May 19, 2009 05:23 AM

                I've been doing the same, not buying it by the case, because I don't have the storage space for it, but keeping a few bottles on hand, which should keep me in dry martinis for a few years yet.

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                sea97horse May 19, 2009 10:17 AM

                Boissiere is the way to go, for both cooking and drinking.

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                  zamorski May 19, 2009 07:07 PM

                  Also regretting the change in Noilly-Prat, especially since the new format is called "original dry," and most certainly is not dry! My theory is that this is an attempt to help people make the transition from the confected Cosmo 'Martini' to a more adult version, without actually going all the way.

                  That said, it is actually a lovely aperitif!

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                  odjones Oct 28, 2012 02:52 PM

                  Noilly Prat is returning the original dry formula under the Extra Dry name...should be available again soon..too little too late, as we have switched quite happily to Dolin for cooking and Martinis!

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