From the moment you get engaged until your final wedding reception toast, you and your loved ones will raise you glasses on—a good many occasions!
And sometimes choosing the right wines to serve at your wedding and pre-wedding events can be challenging.
You’ll no doubt want whites, reds, rosés, and bubblies on your wedding day wine list, but today we are going to take a look at sweet dessert wines.
Dessert wines always manage to seem like something of a little luxury, but when served with a good last course, it certainly becomes the “icing on the cake.”
When pairing with cakes — especially with fruit cake, vanilla or chocolate as a key component — a sweet wine with flavours of dark honey and toffee aromas, typical of the Pedro Ximenz grape found in Andalucia, will wind up your wedding meal with a genuine flash of old world elegance and charm.
On a recent trip to Cordoba, Sunshine weddings Spain stopped off at a wine town, located in the heart of Spain’s deep south.
A town called Montilla, where winemaking dates back to Roman times, a place where the Pedro Ximénez grape thrives.
The Pedro Ximénez grape is very versatile and a wide range of generous wines are made with the one grape variety.
But our main interest was in the sweet wine, an oenological jewel, fit for a king, or as in our case, a wedding feast.
Making the perfect dessert and wine pairing can be an incredible way to end your memorable wedding day, and the Sunshine Wedding team had the treat of tasting the following five sweet wines:
1.PX Añada 2015 from Bodegas Alvear: Alvear de Añada is an emblematic Spanish dessert wine of heady caramel, maple and toffee aromas which pairs perfectly with ice cream and chocolate as well as savoury foods such as foie gras, cheese and nuts.
The winery itself, Bodegas Alvear, was founded in 1729 and is the oldest winery in the whole of Andalucia. So with over eight generations of experience, you are pretty much guaranteed that all the wines produced at this bodega will wow you.
Specifically, an earlier vintage of this versatile PX Añada wine was described by acclaimed American wine critic Robert Parker as ‘The most amazing Pedro Ximenez I’ve ever tasted”, awarding it his top score of 100.
2. Moscatel Cruz Conde: The Moscatel Cruz Conde, aged in old oak is a wine that is dark in colour with caramel and coffee richness. Recommended to be drunk cold (7 ºC) and pairs well with wedding desserts but also the typical Spanish Christmas sweets “mantecados,” “polvorones” and “turrones.” (Perfect for this time of the year).
3. PX Amanecer from Bodegas La Aurora: This sweet wine is the winner of several competitions.
It is considered a liqueur wine, with a dark mahogany colour, ideal to accompany desserts such as: chocolate cakes, truffles, profiteroles or muffins.
4. Don PX Cosecha de 2018 from Bodegas Toro Albalá: In the nearby town of Aguilar de la Frontera we were delighted to try another superb wine. This Don PX Cosecha, 2018 vintage, goes especially well with foie gras, blue cheeses and especially soft, frozen desserts.
5. Alianza Dulce de Oro Viejo: From Sociedad de Plateros María Auxiliadora, best consumed “on the rocks” with ice a slice of orange, as an aperitif or as an accompaniment to desserts
And if you want to get fancy, most of the local wineries in Montilla do mini wine bottles which you can custom label as wedding favors!
Montilla is just over an hour away from Malaga airport and a must visit for any wine lover. The team at Sunshine Weddings Spain will be happy to organise a personalised tour where you can try, first hand, dessert wines fit for your… Spanish wedding feast.