My favorite Malagueño, Mario, read my blog and told me that I need to write more about Malaga wines. I am inclined to listen to Mario so I headed to Casa de Guardia in the heart of the city.
It’s 10:45 and I am not the first person in the local wine bar. Now to be fair, I have been awake since 6 am since I wake up early every morning excited to be in Spain. The Antigua Casa de Guardia is authentic – it looks like the walls are held up by the photos on them and the barrels like they have been there since 1840, as do some of the patrons. This is not a glamorous NYC wine bar. The selection of a dozen Malaga wines range from very dry to molasses sweet . Your server writes the bill in chalk on the bar and then erases it with his hand after you pay. It is so cool! The portions are small so that you can try a couple of different styles. Any wine lover visiting Malaga must make this a destination.
My favorite wines are the Seco Añejo – which is a dry sherry style wine – and the Pajarete – which is a little sweeter and nuttier in the style of oloroso. “Pajarete is the wine that you want to drink in the morning … if you want to drink wine in the morning” (my sister-in-law)
More on Malaga wines and the Casa de Guardia http://www.casadeguardia.com/index.html?ididiomas=2&idioma=en&cambiar=si