The recipe (and the firm) dates from the 19th century. Basically, Dolin vermouth is white wine steeped in as many as 54 plants and herbs (including wormwood, hyssop, quinine bark and rose petals) for some months. The difference between more commercial vermouths and this one is quite dramatic. I should note too that Vermouth de Chambéry has had its own appellation since the '30s.
Also available in half bottles in some stores.
-- S. Irene Virbila
Region: Savoie, France
Price: $11 to $17
Style: Aromatic and sweet
What it goes with: A twist of lemon as an apéritif
Where to find it: BevMo locations, Beverage Warehouse in Marina del Rey (310) 306-2822, www.beveragewarehouse.com; Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, (949) 650-8463, www.hitimewine.net; K&L Wine Merchants in Hollywood, (323) 464-9463, www.klwines; Mel & Rose Wine & Spirits in West Hollywood, (323) 655-5557, www.melandrose; Silverlake Wine in L.A., (323) 662-9024, www.silverlake; and Woodland Hills Wine Co. in Woodland Hills, (818) 222-1111, www.whwc.com; among others.