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Vermouth in Barcelona

jmk38 Jan 25, 2014 11:58 AM

We are headed to Barcelona for a few days next month. I am eager to try the vermouth, which I understand is less sweet than Italian vermouth and typically served with seltzer and a garnish. Can anyone recommend a particular brand to order? Thank you.

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  1. SnackHappy RE: jmk38 Jan 25, 2014 01:08 PM

    Vermouth in Spain is often served on tap and places that serve it out of a bottle will usually only have their "house" brand. There are newer, trendier bars that offer vermouth menus, but I don't know much about those.

    The best vermouth is said to come from Reus. There are well known brands like Yzzaguire and Miro, but as I noted above, when you walk into a bar and order vermouth you will likely not have a choice.

    Vermut in Catalonia is not so much about the drink as it a term for an aperitif (most traditionally had before sunday lunch). People will drink vermouth, but also beer or wine accompanied by olives, almonds, potato chips, etc.

    Here's an article from the Financial Times about the new vermut trend in Barcelona: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/bea68206-00...

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      willyum RE: jmk38 Jan 25, 2014 11:07 PM

      There was a lengthy discussion of vermouth in Spain a few months earlier which may be of interest ... http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9217...

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        jmk38 RE: willyum Jan 26, 2014 05:15 PM

        Very helpful information - thank you both!

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        jmk38 RE: jmk38 Jan 26, 2014 05:15 PM

        Very helpful information. Thank you both!

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          h2bcn RE: jmk38 Jan 27, 2014 06:49 AM

          You must try Cala del Vermut. There's 3 on the same street but go to the smallest one in the middle. They do their own vermouth on tap and a great selection of the local tinned specialities. And the walls are covered in old photos of the Costa Brava. It really is a great place to try the Catalan 'vermut'.

          You can read more about it here - http://www.homagetobcn.com/vermouth-b...

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            Nancy S. RE: jmk38 Jan 27, 2014 11:29 AM

            Moro Fi! They make their own.

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              h2bcn RE: Nancy S. Jan 27, 2014 11:46 PM

              Another great place for sure! http://www.morrofi.cat/

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                jmk38 RE: h2bcn Feb 27, 2014 03:27 PM

                We are back from our trip - a great trip - and enjoyed trying Vermut at a couple of places. We sadly did not make it to Morro Fi - the evening we were headed over there they were closed. Nonetheless, we had good (to us) vermut de la casa at Casa Almirall (I think in Raval) and at La Bodegueta in L'Eixample. Now that we're home, we'd love to have it here on occasion. Any chance of buying Catalonian Vermut in the U.S.? Thanks

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                  timarland RE: jmk38 Mar 2, 2014 03:35 PM

                  Similar desire here recently - the only place I've found it is Despana in Manhattan, and they only carry 4-5 varieties

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