3 Islands Marsala is a liqueur-like, aromatic wine with a rich, smoky flavor. Hints of oak can be detected in the nose. The mouth feel is rich and supple, with only a hint of bitterness in the aftertaste. Marsala is an excellent apéritif, a fine companion with fresh pears, apples, nuts, and cheeses. The wine is also used to flavor such desserts as Zabaglione.