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Marsala – The Color of the Year in 2015 and the Wine That Is Always in Style

You may already know that The Pantone Color Institute decided that Marsala is the color of the year in 2015. It is a daring color in a brownish-red shade. The reason why it earned its status is, according to the Executive Director of Pantone (Leatrice Eiseman) is: „Marsala enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability. Marsala is a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us in to its embracing warmth.”

But some of you may not know that the name of this color was given by a fortified wine with the same name – Marsala. And the wine’s inheritance goes way beyond the shade itself, since it’s also linked to its elegance, richness and sophistication.

The Marsala wine is made in Italy, in the city with the same name in Sicily and there is also a sweet version and a dry one. The first historical mention was in 1773 and in 1969 it also gained its DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) status. It’s interesting to think about the fact that the people who live in the birthplace of Marsala drink it in its old, pure form, but what is exported is a fortified version (wine enriched with alcohol, usually brandy) somewhat similar to Port or Sherry. The reason why people added alcohol in the first place in the past is for a very practical reason – they needed the drink to last longer during those long trips by sail across the seas and oceans.

Also, the Marsala wine goes great with cooking. For example, its light caramelized and fruity flavor make it perfect for Mediterranean sautes (which you’re sure to recognize in menus, because the inherit a part of their names from the wine). Just the same, Marsala seems to be very popular in the Italian restaurants in The United States, often in sauces with onion, mushrooms and spices, in some risotto recipes and even for desserts such as tiramisu or shortcake.

So remember – it’s the perfect year for decorating your tables with Marsala colored accessories, but enjoying the wine can be timeless! (As long as you keep it cool, maybe in an elegant cabinet covered in wood or in one such as this, or this, or this.)

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