Apasionado Dulce de José Pariente

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Due to its naturally high acidity and its susceptibility to botrytis, Sauvignon Blanc is excellently suited for sweet and noble sweet wines – and is in the well-known sweet wine Sauternes an important part, albeit smaller in quantity. It is therefore not surprising that sweet Sauvignon Blanc wines can be found in many countries. We tasted a sweet wine from the Rueda region in Spain, the Apasionado Dulce 2015 from Bodegas José Pariente.

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Vino Naranja – not an Orange Wine

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Vino Naranja comes from Huelva, or rather from the DO (Denominación Origén) Condado de Huelva wine region, which, lying on the Atlantic coast of southern Spain’s Andalusia, has a long history of winegrowing. Given its location between the Portuguese border and the Jerez sherry area, it is no wonder that there still wines like Condado Pálido and Condado Viejo, which are comparable to Fino respectively Oloroso, are produced using the Solera process,

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Rueda sparkling – Verdejo frizzante

Spain is rich in sweet wines, including many sparkling wines. Some of the sweet, less sparkling frizzante are made similar to the Moscato d’Asti. Among them are not only Frizzante from Moscatel, but also from the Canary Listán blanco and also Sauvignon blanc or Verdejo in Rueda.

Verdejo, whose name derives from its almost blue-green flowering, is one of the main Rueda grape varieties – more than half of Verdejo’s 18,000 hectares of Spain are found there. Founded in Valladolid in 1970, Grupo Yllera, which manages 100 hectares of its own vineyards and buys grapes from other 730 hectares, controlled by Yllera, in the wine … Read more ...

Vi de Glass – Catalan Icewine


Eiswein?

When someone talks about icewine, you think of ice-cold nights when the grapes freeze on the vines, which are harvested at night or early in the morning. From this, the must is pressed, which not only has high sugar but also a lot of fruit, extract and acidity and which after itsfermenation will be a icewine.

But what to do if such cold nights are missing, such as in the Spanish wine-growing area of ​​Penedès, where even in the coldest January nights, the thermometer falls below the zero degree limit only very rarely?

The winery Gramona also asked this question. Located in Sant Sadurní d’Anoia since 1850, the … Read more ...

Piamater – Andalusian Vino Naturalmente Dulce

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The name Piamater is somewhat unusual for a sweet wine, especially for me as a neurobiologist, who knows Pia Mater as the innermost cerebral membran. Less unusual today is that two wineries together produce one wine, in this case the oenologist Alicia Eyaralar from the winery Tandem in Navarre, together with the Andalusian winery Dimobe.

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Majorca – Vi Dolç from Pla de Llevant


The wine we have tasted, the Dolç de Sa Vall of the winery Miquel Gelabert, originates from the DO (Denominacion de Origen) Pla de Llevant, located in the east of Majorca.
Compared to the DO Binisalem, which lies in the interior of Majorca, the DO Pla de Lllevant is said to have increased yields and to plant more varieties of international grape varieties. Climatically, there is a Mediterranean climate in both DOs, which means more precipitation from autumn to spring, as well as warm summers and mild winters.

Founded in 1985, the Miquel Gelabert winery is based in Manacor and manages 9 hectares in the eastern part … Read more ...

Expressive Málaga PX Añejo

A round trip in Andalusia was on the program of our friends and neighbors, including some days were planned in Málaga. So I asked Heinz and Mausi to bring me a sweet Málaga wine, emphasizing that type, age, sweetness and style are not important at all, just the first sweet Málaga wine they see.

For sweet Málaga wines it is not easy to reconcile the manifold nomenclatures. There is Vino de licor, Vino de uvas sobremaduradas and Vino de uvas pasificadas, the still well-comprehensible classification according to the duration ripening Noble (2-3 years), Añejo (3-5 years) and Transañejo (over 5 years), but beyond there are many others … Read more ...

Spanish Mistela – Floralis Moscatel


“We would like to introduce you to the Floralis Moscatel Oro sweet wine from the winery from Torres and at the same time arranged the dispatch of a product sample,” was written in the mail of an agency. In addition there was an attachment with informations about region, wine and winery. At that time I was in the process of working out more informations about Spanish sweet wines and therefore this wine was ok for me.. From the enclosed information I could see that the Floralis is probably a Mistela, a type of sweet wine that I had barely tasted before, so the Floralis came just right.

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From the Solera – Catalonian sweet wine

Catalonia, currently in the news because its efforts of independence from Spain, is better known for cava as well as its red wines from the Priorat or Monsant. Sweet wines, which until the 1950s together with Cava held a leading role in Catalonia, are of minor importance nowadays, best known are still the sweet wines with untypical ageing notes, often varnish-like flavours, of the DO Terra Alta and the Garnatxa de l’Empordà. Sweet wines from the Tarragona wine region are now among the least known wines in Catalonia – until the 1960s, they were considered a low-cost alternatives to port wine. In Tarragona, the fortified strong sweet wines have always … Read more ...

Cream-Sherry: Oloroso plus sweetness

Cream means sweetened sherry, a category that also includes Pale Cream and Medium, is considered by quite a few sherry lovers as a purely commercial product. This may be true if Oloroso is sweetened by the addition of sweet or even cooked, concentrated grape must (Arrope). But that holds not true if of blending a dry sherry is done with a sweet sherry, such as PX (Pedro Ximénez) or Moscatel, as is the case with the three Cream Sherries, we have tasted.

The name Cream for this type of sweet sherry goes back to Harveys’ Bristol Cream, which introduced it in the 1860s … Read more ...