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Marsala wine

undesigned Feb 6, 2013 04:28 PM

I'm preparing chicken marsala for the first time. Where can I find marsala wine? Local supermarket? Does it matter what kind I use since I'm cooking with it? Any suggestions? TIA!

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    NE_Elaine RE: undesigned Feb 6, 2013 04:33 PM

    Anyplace that has wine should have marsala, usually with the sherry and port. It doesn't really matter what kind you get, just make sure you get dry instead of sweet.

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    1. re: NE_Elaine
      C. Hamster RE: NE_Elaine Feb 6, 2013 05:03 PM

      America's Test Kitchen advocates sweet Marsala for its depth of flavor.


      I doubted this seriously but tried it and indeed there was a distinct difference but I found it too sweet.

      So now I use half dry and half sweet.

      I'm sure you don't want to buy two bottles, so I'd go with dry.

      Anyplace that sells wine will carry Marsala. Florio is a decent brand.

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      MRS RE: undesigned Feb 6, 2013 05:36 PM

      i'd go with the "real deal" from a liquor/wine store vs. supermarket shelf available. the quality of the taste will be better and certainly much less salt.

      1. Hank Hanover RE: undesigned Feb 6, 2013 09:14 PM

        In Texas, I have to buy it at a liquor store. Grocery stores are only allowed to sell beer and wine below 6% I think. Fortified wine like marsala has to be bought at a liquor store.

        For Chicken marsala, get the sweet version. Make extra sauce. It is very good. Don't use more marsala than chicken stock. I use something like a 40/60 ratio of marsala to chicken stock.

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          Atochabsh RE: undesigned Jul 30, 2013 03:27 PM

          Trader Joes's or BevMo. Stay away from the "cooking wine" variety of Marsala. Always cook with something good enough to drink.


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            fldhkybnva RE: Atochabsh Jul 30, 2013 03:54 PM

            Yea, my go to bottle is a pretty inexpensive $10 from the local liquor store. I think it's Florio brand.

          2. Robert Lauriston RE: undesigned Jul 31, 2013 09:13 AM


            It's worth seeking out the better brands. For cooking I use Intorcia, around $15 / 750ml.

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              MRS RE: Robert Lauriston Jul 31, 2013 03:04 PM

              I agree. I think its worth asking at one's preferred wine/liquor shop. I LOVE making chicken marsala and it's actually a pretty easy dish to make.

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              Pgietzen RE: undesigned Jul 3, 2014 11:27 AM

              How long can you keep a bottle after it is opened.

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                zin1953 RE: Pgietzen Jul 4, 2014 07:59 AM

                Almost indefinitely . . . especially in terms of cooking.

              2. waitress RE: undesigned Jul 6, 2014 07:07 AM

                This is one instance that more expensive is better and I don't even want to write those words!! Just don't buy the rock gut bottom of the barrel. Sometimes they have expensive half bottles too.. And it's not crazy the more expensive is in the $10 to $20 range. I like dry and sweet, so whatever you grab will be great!!

                When I make Marsala, I prefer it brothy not thickened gravy, before I serve it I put a dollop of butter in it!! It's perfect for a dinner party because it's easy and you can put it in the oven on low and let it sit there. I also love to serve it with angel hair pasta tossed with pesto or mashed potatoes, what a decision!!!

                Fresh mushrooms taste better and buy more than one varietal and add onion if you like.

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