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Spanish Sensations

When we think of wines from Spain, often it is from the regions of Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Priorato, Penedes, Rias Baixas, but as one who enjoys sweet wines, I have three in particular that I want to share with you from the southern towns of Málaga and Jerez de la Frontera.

Victoria No. 2 by Jorge Ordoñez & Co is a joint venture of Jorge Ordoñez from Malaga and the late Alois Kracher, who was a successful and talented winemaker from Austria. Victoria No. 2 is made from 100% Moscatel de Alejandria Old Vines and is "vino naturalmente dulce" - naturally sweet wine. Straw color with an extremely fruity nose of honeysuckle and citrus, it has a refreshing orange flavor, along with tropical tastes and spice notes. A long finish, it lingers in the mouth and is simply delicious. Pair it with a maple sugar ginger cake and you will surely enjoy this match.


Also from Málaga, Bodega Antigua de Guardia makes Pajarete 1908, a sweet wine from the Pedro Ximénez grape. Amber in color, it has aromas of raisins with ripe fruit flavor and a lasting finish. I first tasted this wine in downtown Málaga at Antigua Casa Guardia, a local wine spot. I was served Pajarete 1908 straight from the cask. One sip and I had to buy a bottle to bring home! A pumpkin flan will pair with this gem.


A third favorite from Jerez is Emilio Lustau Moscatel San Emilín. It is a mahogany color with fruity aromas and citrus hints. Made from the Muscatel grape, it has a round and lush mouthfeel, with sweet tastes of orange, figs and dates. It is well balanced with a long lasting finish. Perfect with toffee crème brûlée, candied Valencia oranges and Marcona almonds, this pairing will be quite memorable.