GSN Review: Lo-Fi Aperitifs

Lo-Fi was born from a collaboration between Quaker City Mercantile (the creators of the Hendrick’s Gin and Sailor Jerry Rum brands) and 86-year-old, family-owned and operated E. & J. Gallo Winery. Lo-Fi Aperitifs’ line of Gentian Amaro, Dry Vermouth and Sweet Vermouth are made with California wines and infused with natural herbs, and botanicals.

Lo-Fi’s portfolio of distinctly Californian aperitifs was formulated to have an approachable but complex flavor, accompanied by a rich texture, and using ingredients found in California’s bountiful growing region. Each variant is made with natural herbs and botanicals and without the use of artificial coloring agents. The brand name is a reference to “Low Fidelity” music, with its uncomplicated, often DIY production and laid-back vibes. 

Gentian Amaro – GSN’s Remarks: We’ve been loving this in the GSN offices these past few weeks. A soft, slightly sweet and dark flavor offset with a lot of herbal, citrus and spice flavors with gentian being the most prominent. At times reminiscent of chamomile in spite of having none in the mix, this makes for a great aperitif to start the evening. Try it with a large cube of ice and a twist of orange peel. GSN Rating: A

Dry Vermouth – GSN’s Remarks: A unique dry vermouth that without wormwood. Less bitter than most, instead there is a tart citric edge that is tempered by notes of cherry, elderflower and a hint of anise. A refreshing and light vermouth, great on its own. Try it with a splash of prosecco for added fun. GSN Rating: B+

Sweet Vermouth – GSN’s Remarks: Again, a very different style of sweet vermouth. What is notable here are unusual flavors of cocoa, vanilla and coconut. Yes, you read that right. In spite of the odd ingredients, it remains quite drinkable and light. We like this one sipped neat out of the refridgerator, or in a fruit forward cocktail like the classic Blood & Sand. GSN Rating: B+

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