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Esquimalt Vermouth & Aperitifs


Back in 2015, husband and wife team, Quinn and Michela, started a small soda company called Rootside producing a line of soda syrups made with fresh and whole ingredients. After diving into the wonderful world of botanical research through Rootside, they developed a feverish love-affair with Vermouth and all things apéritif. After spending the next 2.5 years deep-diving into botanicals, recipe development and mead making, their flagship Rosso Vermouth was launched in July 2019. In 2020, their Rosso Vermouth won Gold at the San Francisco World Spirit Awards, and in 2021, their Rosso Vermouth, Dry Vermouth and Kina-Rouge all took home the coveted Double-Gold Award. Since then, they've added a third style of Vermouth (Bianco) to their flagship as well as a number of seasonal aperitifs including Kina-Salal, Kina-Blanc, and Bitter Orange.


Vermouth and aperitifs made from mead using 100% BC honey, flavoured with local fruit and botanicals and then fortified or carbonated. Flagship Vermouths: Rosso (sweet), Dry, Bianco Seasonal Aperitifs: Kina-Salal, Kina-Blanc, Spritz, Bitter Orange, Limoncello, and many more to come!


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