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.