Spanish Dessert Wines
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Spain is world famous for its dessert wines, particularly its sweet wines from Sherry country including the highly revered Olorosos and Amontillados. Apart from Sherry, though, Spain offers a huge diversity in styles of dessert wines, ranging from the golden elixir wines made from the Pedro Ximenez grape in Andalusia (Cordoba, Malaga and Jerez) to luscious, red dessert wines made in the Mediterranean from the Garnacha (Grenache) grape. Excellent Moscatels (deliciously “grapey”) are made in Mallorca, Alicante and Navarre. The northwest corner of Spain, Galicia, with its bitter Atlantic climate, is even making dessert wines, called “Tostadillos” in the village of Ribadivia (similar to Francee’s “Vin de Paile”). The Canary Islands are making interesting dessert wines now, as it seems that the demand for sweeties has increased in recent years. The winemaking styles for “Vinos Dulces” are also diverse, from “Late Harvest” (Vendimia Tardía) to “Fortified Wines” (Fermentación Parcial). Here is a short list to Spain’s best sweet wines, regions and producers.
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