It’s an Italian fortified wine much in the vein of port or sherry and its the bees knees! A lot of people use it for cooking and in things like Tiramisu – but a lot of people can’t be bothered to buy a bottle for the small half a cup needed when making stuff.
Some people often substitute Marsala wine when cooking with stuff like Madeira or Amontillado – but let me tell you – there is no Marsala wine substitute – nor should it even be contemplated.
Just go and get a bottle – the stuff will never go bad (well – not if you drink it) anyway it tastes good. What does marsala taste like – it tastes awesome! Get into it.
We were privileged to have been given a tour of Cantine Florio, who are one of the oldest producers in Marsala and a deadset icon in the Italian wine trade.
Problem was the tour was at 11pm at night and we were 3 sheets to wind and half way to next Tuesday. Thank you magnums of Valdo Prosecco!
All I remember is a lovely girl called Sara who was our guide, tasting 3 different types of Marsala (which were class), buying 2 bottles said Marsala for €15 and then offending an English lady with a penis joke.
See some grainy iPhone photos of said ‘patient visit’. We hurriedly left as the English lady was trying to file a harassment suit and debunked in a local bar where the beer tasted like fish. Can you smell the hangover?
Whatever you do – spend a bit extra and get a nice bottle – don’t substitute Marsala wine for something else – and do go out and get the 8 liter cooking stuff – you can buy a nice bottle of Cantine Florio here – use what you need for cooking and drink the rest!!