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Alvear Fino, Montilla

Item # 56814 750mL
$16.96/ Single Bottle
$203.52 $183.17/ Case of 12
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Tasting Notes

From the small Andalusian town of Montilla comes this delicate and elegant Fino with fresh aromas of yeast and tropical citrus fruits. With its crisp, clean finish, it is an excellent apéritif and an ideal partner for tapas, those delightful Spanish finger foods.


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Pairing Advice

This dry Fino (called a "Sherry-style" wine because it's from Montilla-Moriles rather than Jerez) was great as an accompaniment to a mound of fresh shrimp that had been sautéed with lots of garlic, high-quality Sicilian olive oil, pepper, salt, and a pinch of red pepper flakes. The wine's yeasty, savory notes fit perfectly with the dish. It's challenging to explain why this pairing works... but it does.

Astor's Glossary of Terms

Spain

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