Wine Blogging Wednesday #70: Spain!

Hello Friends,

Wine Blogging Wednesday, the blogosphere’s monthly virtual wine tasting event, created by Lenn Thompson of the New York Cork Report, makes its return from a brief hiatus with WBW70. Our host this month is Ryan and Gabriella Opaz of Catavino. The blogging duo selected Spain as the theme and asked us to choose a Spanish wine and blog about it. But not just any Spanish wine -- they asked that we select something creative, something unique, and something that we don’t swirl, sniff, and sip on a regular basis. I drink my fair share of Spanish vino. I find Spain to be a region where good quality, value-priced wines can easily be found. One type of Spanish wine that I don’t drink enough of is Sherry. Think about it, when is the last time you had a splash of Sherry? I know it has been a few months for me. Sherry is made in the Jerez-Xérès-Sherry y Manzanilla de Sanlúcar de Barrameda DO in southern Spain and is one of the worlds three great fortified wines along with Port and Madeira. There are two basic types of Sherry, Fino and Oloroso, but styles range from light and dry to rich and very sweet. I went with the latter, so if you enjoy a sinfully sweet dessert wine, you’ll love this selection, friends.

Osborne Sherry Pedro Ximinez 1827 NV

The wine I selected for WBW #70 is the Osborne Sherry Pedro Ximinez 1827 (NV). Named after the white-wine grape variety [Pedro Ximinez] grown in southern Spain, the Osborne Pedro Ximinez displays a wonderful deep amber color. The swirl and sniff boasts sweet raisin-like aromas with notes of brown sugar, fig, cocoa, molasses, and a light almond component. On the sip, the wine is full-bodied and rich, offering sinfully sweet raisin, prune, and caramel flavors that coat the mouth with a lip-smacking, long lingering candied finish. Osborne Sherry Pedro Ximinez 1827 (NV) retails for $24, has a rotating enclosure, and clocks in at 17% ABV. Wine Enthusiast thought quite highly of this sweet and sticky treat, rating it 94 points. Serve this wine at room temperature or a little cooler and pair it with your favorite dessert, or better yet, enjoy it as the dessert. This wine has the richness, sweetness, and thickness that makes me want to drizzle some over French toast or vanilla bean ice cream. You can find this wine at Total Wine [Springfield location] and since it’s fortified and already fairly oxidized, you can open it up and it should keep for several weeks or more. Enjoy a splash before bedtime every night and have sweet dreams. Cheers!

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