Where were you in 1989? What about 800 B.C.? This elegant dessert wine has been aging for you for over 20 years, but it’s origin dates back over 20 centuries, to the isle of Cyprus.
Commandaria is an ancient hearty red dessert wine made with sun dried indigenous grapes, Mavro and Xinisteri, that are aged in oak barrels for three years and then in the bottle for many more.
Served with a dessert from an equally archaic place. Jerusalem.
The Wine: Commandaria Alasia, 1989, VQPRD (Vino di Qualità Prodotto in Regioni Determinate) $$
The Food: Yotam Ottolenghi's Clementine and Almond cake that I made, savored after a feast from his Jerusalem and Plenty cookbooks.
The Place: A pretty party at home with a few friends