Much Ado About Nothing and Marsala

I love this movie. Thundering horses, witty retorts, gorgeous Italian countryside and a relatively happy ending. What other wine could you drink but a fine, rich Marsala, born in the hills of Sicily?

Much Ado is based in Messina, to the north of Sicily, where one love is based on outer beauty, while the other rests with inner emotions. Marsala is a town to the west, where fortifying wines allowed them to travel to Britain, where they were soon in high demand. The home of Shakespeare supported this island's wine production.

Deceptive appearances, which helped Don John bring down fair Hero, also helped delicious Marsala during prohibition. In the US during this time, typical Marsala bottles gave the wine an appearance of medicine. People found that getting Marsala was less risky than other types of wine.

Marsala is a blended wine, mixed in each year to maintain a consistant flavor. First, a keg is put down. Subsequent years with similar tastes are placed in kegs above the first. When liquid is drawn out of the bottom (oldest) keg, it is refreshed with liquid from the next keg up, and so on. In this manner, the taste remains the same throughout the cycle, and every bottle you get has (potentially) some liquid from the very first vintage.

When the two happy couples had their wedding feast, undoubtedly marsala was served between the first and second courses. For modern day couples, it can also be served, chilled, with Parmesan (stravecchio), Gorgonzola, Roquefort and other, spicy cheeses.

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