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Wine flavoured with aromatic herbs. Proprietary brands (such as Cinzano, Martini and Noilly Prat) come in Dry, Medium or Sweet varieties. The name derives from either the German 'Wermut' or the Anglo-Saxon 'Wermod' - both meaning wormwood. Vermouth was certainly being made in Italy during the 17th century, and is now made in various guises around the world. The best are still considered to be French or Italian - the former more often being dry, the latter, sweet.

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