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Palomino

As a Spanish grape variety, Palomino (or Palomino Fino) is mostly known as one of the grape varieties used for the production of Sherry wines.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

Palomino is a white grape variety that produces wines with a light yellow to golden colour. Its aroma and flavour profile is typically dominated by delicate floral and herbal notes.

Fresh Palomino grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

Palomino has been most widely planted in Spain, particularly in the Jerez region and is used to produce many of the country's famous Sherry wines. It is also grown in Portugal, the USA and Australia. Palomino is a hardy and drought-resistant variety that can be grown on a range of soil types. It is a vigorous variety and needs to be kept in check with careful canopy management. As a mid to late-ripening variety, Palomino benefits from a long growing season and warm climates. In the winery, Palomino is often blended with other white varieties such as Pedro Ximénez and Muscatel. It is mostly used to make Sherry, which is made by fortification. In Spain, Palomino is typically made into Sherry. The most popular dry examples are called "Fino" and "Manzanilla". In Portugal, it is used to make a range of styles from simple dry white wines to sweet fortified wines. Palomino's relatively high acidity and mineral character makes it a great match for seafood dishes. It also pairs well with light poultry and vegetable dishes.

Foods to pair with Palomino:

Pasta
Deep fried
Beef
Game
Sausage
Fish
Light meat
Salad
Fun Fact about Palomino
Palomino probably originated in the Andalusia region of southern Spain and was supposedly named after one of King Alfonso X's knights.

Top Wines with Palomino

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Tio Pepe Palomino Fino Sherry (Muy Seco)

Tio Pepe

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Tio Pepe Palomino Fino Sherry (Muy Seco) is a highly sought-after wine that showcases the expertise of its producer. This exquisite sherry hails from a renowned appellation, known for its exceptional vineyard features. The winemaking process behind Tio Pepe Palomino Fino Sherry is meticulous, resulting in a wine that is truly exceptional. With its distinct style, this sherry offers a dry and crisp taste that is sure to please even the most discerning palates. Its unique characteristics make it a standout choice for those seeking a high-quality and memorable wine experience.
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Appetizer
Seafood
Shellfish
Shrimp
Tuna And Swordfish
Sushi
Croquette
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La Guita Manzanilla

La Guita

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La Guita Manzanilla is a renowned wine produced in the coastal region of Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Spain. This wine falls under the appellation of Manzanilla, known for its unique and distinct style. The vineyards where La Guita Manzanilla is grown benefit from the proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, which brings cool breezes and a maritime influence. The winemaking process involves aging the wine under a layer of yeast called "flor," resulting in a pale, dry, and crisp wine. La Guita Manzanilla is characterized by its vibrant acidity, saline notes, and a delicate aroma of green apples and almonds. It is a perfect choice for seafood pairings or as an aperitif.
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Appetizer
Croquette
Seafood
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Tio Pepe Fino En Rama

Tio Pepe

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Tio Pepe Fino En Rama is a remarkable wine produced in the renowned appellation of Jerez, Spain. Crafted by a prestigious winery, this wine showcases the unique characteristics of the vineyards in the region. The winemaking process involves careful selection of the finest grapes, followed by aging in oak barrels, allowing the wine to develop its distinctive style. Tio Pepe Fino En Rama is known for its vibrant and fresh flavor profile, with notes of citrus, almonds, and a hint of sea breeze. This wine is unfiltered and bottled directly from the cask, preserving its natural essence and delivering an authentic and exceptional drinking experience.
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Croquette
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Lustau East India Solera Sherry

Lustau

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Lustau East India Solera Sherry is a highly regarded fortified wine that showcases the expertise of its producer. Hailing from the renowned appellation of Jerez-Xérès-Sherry in Spain, this wine is crafted using a unique solera system. The vineyards in this region benefit from a warm climate and chalky soil, which impart distinct characteristics to the grapes. The winemaking process involves blending wines of different ages, resulting in a complex and harmonious flavor profile. With its rich amber color and luscious sweetness, Lustau East India Solera Sherry offers a delightful balance of dried fruit, caramel, and nutty notes. It is a versatile wine that pairs well with a variety of desserts or can be enjoyed on its own as a luxurious treat.
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Cheese
Chocolate Dessert
Dessert
Nuts
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Gonzalez-Byass Alfonso Oloroso Seco

Gonzalez-Byass

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Gonzalez-Byass Alfonso Oloroso Seco is a remarkable dry Sherry wine that showcases the expertise of its producer. Crafted in the renowned appellation of Jerez-Xérès-Sherry, this wine is made from carefully selected grapes grown in unique vineyard sites. The vineyards benefit from the region's warm climate and chalky soil, which impart distinct characteristics to the wine. The winemaking process involves a meticulous aging system called the solera system, which adds complexity and depth to the final product. With its rich amber color, nutty aromas, and a dry, full-bodied palate, Gonzalez-Byass Alfonso Oloroso Seco is a delightful choice for those seeking a sophisticated and flavorful Sherry experience.
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Cheese
Nuts
Pork
Beef
Croquette
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