Written By Treve Ring Fortified Wine / Libations Feb 9, 2011 Gonzales Byass Noe Pedro Ximénez, VORS SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestJerez-Xeres- Sherry Manzanillo DO, Spain $35-40 for 375ml +889519 Available at BC Liquor Stores or select private stores www.gonzalesbyass.comValentine’s Day is right around the bend, and if you’re trying to impress your Queen or King of Hearts with a luxurious feast, let me help you a bit with dessert. First, buy (or make) the best, premium vanilla ice cream you can – with real vanilla bean bits chopped up in there – the real deal. Scoop some in a bowl and crack some quality fresh black pepper over top, and add a few flakes of Malden sea salt. That’s it – simple, right? Oh yeah, serve with the one and only wine that can pair with ice cream – Pedro Ximénez. You can thank me later.Pedro Ximénez [HE-men-eth], or PX as it’s affectionately called, epitomizes the adage that a little goes a long way. Made from a white grape with the same name, this dessert wine is crafted by drying the grapes on esparto grass mats under the hot Spanish sun, concentrating the sweetness and raisinating the grapes, which are then used to create a thick, dark potion. This wine is fortified and aged in the Solera system, as are other sherries.The Byass Noe PX is an exceptional example. The wines in Noe have been designated a VORS (Very Old Rare Sherry) with an average age of 30 years, adding incredible complexity to this concentrated sweet sherry. In the glass, a walnut-mahogany core stretches to a glowing orange rim. Rich molasses, fig and spice aromas are followed by flavours of roasted figs, espresso, nuts and raisins. The texture is smooth and unctuous, creating a staggeringly long and layered finish. Not cloyingly sweet, just powerfully decadent.A special wine for your special valentine.Rating: (click here to see what our wine ratings mean) EATrecommendsGonzales Byass Noe Pedro Ximénez VORSThe wines in the rare Byass Noe PX have been designated a VORS (Very Old Rare Sherry) with an average age of 30 years, adding incredible complexity to this concentrated sweet sherry. In the glass, a walnut-mahogany core stretches to a glowing orange rim. Rich molasses, fig and spice aromas are followed by flavours of roasted figs, espresso, nuts and raisins. The texture is smooth and unctuous, creating a staggeringly long and layered finish. Not cloyingly sweet, just powerfully decadent. Pair with premium vanilla ice cream.Fortified WineSpainWine Reviews SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Treve Ring Treve Ring is a wine writer, editor, judge, consultant and certified sommelier, and has been with EAT Magazine for over a decade. In addition to her work with EAT, she is a Wine Critic and National Judge for WineAlign, ... Read More You may also like Fortified Wine April 28, 2017 Madeira: intense, indestructible… and overlooked What comes to mind when you hear “Madeira wine “? If anything, it’s likely to be a dusty bottle sitting alongside the Marsala, balsamic vinegar ... Read More Dessert Wines / Fortified Wine / Red Wine / Rosé / Sparkling Wine / White Wine February 4, 2013 Westside Wine Trails – Sip With Your Sweetheart Event The Westside Wine Trail wineries return for their annual Sip with Your Sweetheart Event in celebration of Valentine’s Day. All nine wineries of ... Read More Food Pairings / Fortified Wine December 7, 2012 Wines of Worth: Sherry + Food I was thinking about this week’s topic, as I so often do, over a late night drink. In my glass? Palo Cortado Sherry. On my plate? Salty Grana ... Read More Fortified Wine February 21, 2012 Bodegas Hidalgo Manzanilla La Gitana I love sherry. Ancient, lengthy, site-specific, traditional, rare, haunting, lingering, unique. What’s not to like? People complain that it’s too ... Read More Fortified Wine December 19, 2010 Carlo Pellegrino Passito de Pantelleria A pretty common holiday scenario: friends over for dinner, perhaps impromptu, you’re all indulging in the merriment of the season, you want to ... Read More Fortified Wine September 16, 2010 M. Chapoutier Banyuls Rouge 2007 Think you know the Grenache grape? Think again mon ami. This dessert wine is 100% Black Grenache, made into a Vin Doux Naturel (Naturally Sweet ... Read More Comments are closed.