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Wines: 2016 Valdespino “Ojo de Gallo” Palomino Fino, Jerez, Spain
Regularly $16.99, Special Price $14.44

Cheese: Manchego 8 Month, La Mancha, Spain
Regularly $18.99/lb, Special Price $15.99

Valdespino is one of the legendary firms in Jerez, and one of the best producers of Sherry in all of Spain. This week’s wine however, is no sherry. Instead they’re taking fruit from one of their best parcels in Macharnudo Alto and vinifying the wine as a still table wine. Originally begun as an experiment, this has turned into a regularly produced wine by the Bodega.

Dry with a pronounced minerality and just a hint of salinity, the wine offers a rich mouthfeel while still being light on its feet. Aromatically, this wine is a knockout. Apples, fresh cut hay, and citrus oils really stand out on the nose. Have this wine with some smoked fish, poultry, or salty cheeses.

The details: 100% Palomino Fino organically grown in the highest elevation parcel of Macharnudo Alto on very chalky soils. The fruit is hand harvested and crushed into stainless steel tanks where fermentation is allowed to happen spontaneously. The wine ages six months on its fine lees before bottling.

Manchego is Spain’s best-known sheep’s milk cheese. During the ripening period the surface becomes covered with a greenish-black mold. The deep ivory paste is firm, compact, and perforated with tiny holes. It has an aromatic smell with a hint of butterscotch. The taste of this 8 months old is getting strong and full-bodied with a tangy farmhouse flavor.