Country of origin: France Alcohol content: 16% ABV
Neither French nor Italian! In 1821, Dolin was situated in the kingdom of Piedmont-Sardinia. Ferdinand Dolin, always looking for the newest trends, would draw inspiration from the fashion of Italian bitters to develop his own. These bitter drinks, originally appreciated for their medicinal properties, would become all the rage as an aperitif. Thus Dolin Bitter was born, made from botanicals and spices such as bitter orange, gentian, cinchona macerated in wine and spirit for many long weeks. It's this type of liquor that is used to make a Spritz and that gives it that special bitter taste.
Enjoy in a Spritz, chilled neat, or on ice with a slice of orange.
Dolin’s history began in 1821 with Joseph Chavasse, a liqueur producer who created a new style of vermouth inspired by the aperitifs of Turin. Chavasse infused a base wine of Jacquère with herbs and spices sourced both locally in Savoy and abroad. In 1830 he settled in Chambéry where his daughter, Marie Rosalie, was born. When Marie Rosalie married in 1843, Joseph passed his recipe to her husband, Louis Ferdinand Dolin, who began producing vermouth under the Dolin label.
After Louis Ferdinand passed away in 1869, Marie Rosalie took over the business and presented Dolin Vermouth at the Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition in 1876 where it won gold, the first of many awards. In 1919 Charles and Joseph Sevez bought the company as there were no Dolin heirs to inherit the family business.
The early 20th century also saw Vermouth de Chambéry granted appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC) status, making it the only French vermouth with an official geographical indication. Dolin is still family owned today and upholds the legacy of Vermouth de Chambéry.
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