Hump Day | Duque de Carmona Orange Wine, Sevilla Spain

A new discovery for me in Spain recently was enjoyed in Andalusia, Cádiz to be exact. After a light tapas and wine meal at a newly opened bar, the bartender offered us a complimentary dessert wine and some barquillos (wafers). The wine known as Duque de Carmona Orange was a sweet and fragrant liquor produced from the skins of oranges from Aljarafe, outside of Sevilla, famously known for its abundance of orange trees - many of which are shipped to the UK to make orange marmalade - but are also used to create this small-batch flavorful wine. You could even call it a sherry as it's composed of 75% garrido fino, an Andalusian grape variety (from Huelva) and 25% moscatel.  In my general consenus I would say that this variety of beverage is seldom known throughout the country, even in its city of origin the industrial gin, beer and rum brands would get up the upper hand. Well boy are they missing out! It's a pleasant drink to be enjoyed very chilled, or over ice, with a dessert or even as an aperitif.

Not to be confused with "freakish whites" or orange wines seen on the menus of fancy restaurants and hip wine bars in the States which are actually white grapes that have been left in contact with their own skins during some of the fermentation process; the Spanish variety, at least in the case of Duque de Carmona Orange is in fact obtained from its direct contact with citrus fruits, dehydrated oranges, on and off during a maceration period of 8-10 years in American oak barrels.


Facts:
Vino de naranja, Orange wine, 75cl
Produced by: Bodegas Góngora in Villanueva del Ariscal (Seville)

Characteristics:
- sweet aroma, stemming from the prolonged maceration perdiod
- 75% garrido fino, 25% muscat
- mahogony coloring with yellowish hints
- serve between 16°C and 18°C
- easy on the palette with notes of sweet orange and muscat
- 15% alcohol

Recommended with:
- cured meats
- pickled and smoked foods (canned mussels, smoked salmon, pickled eggplants)
- foie and pates
- cured cheeses and blue cheeses such as Roquefort


Un lujo, a luxury, if you find yourself in a Southern Spanish restaurant or bar serving this artisan product. I hear they have only been on the market for a few months, while the price currently stands around 8,50 euros within Spain, that's sure to rise when more folks get word of this nectar. 

In Spain purchase online at Andalucía está de Lujo

In the US, order online from Chateau Heights in Brooklyn

Oak barrels, not oak butts. But delicious either way you slice it. 

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