Who is This Pedro Ximénez Dude, Anyway?

Posted January 19, 2015

Steve Unwin


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Pedro Ximénez, or just "Pedro" to his friends, is a grape most commonly associated with the southern Montilla-Moriles region of Spain (turn north at Malaga, if you hit Córdoba, you’ve gone too far). Basically, you take these grapes, lay ‘em out to dry for a few weeks, and when you ferment them, the finished wine is hyper-concentrated and high in sugar. At that point you can fortify it, age it in solera (more on that in a future article), and eventually you end up with a white wine that is basically brown and loaded with sugar. It’s boozy, sweet, and has a name like a military experiment: PX. Think notes of raisins, molasses, hazelnuts, and concentrated happiness. Translated into the language of dance, it goes something like this:


Another place you’ll find Pedro making delicious dessert wines is Australia, where they’ll occasionally allow the grapes to get infected with botrytis a la Sauternes (but without the astronomical price tag that tends to accompany the dessert wine of Bordeaux).

If you or a friend has a serious sweet-tooth, here’s an awesome bottle for you to try out:

Dandelion Vineyards Legacy Of Australia 30 Yr Pedro Ximenez Half Bottle

This is an Aussie example of the grape, but it's made with super traditional methods, so it's a great example of why Pedro is such a good guy.


Steve Unwin (call him Stunwin) cut his teeth in the Washington Wine industry working in tastings rooms on the Red Mountain AVA. In NYC he became an early employee of the wine startup Lot18, where he would eventually earn his Advanced WSET cerification with distinction. Currently, he works with internet wine legend Gary Vaynerchuk creating awesome content all over the internets.

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Dandelion Vineyards Legacy Of Australia...

95 Gary Walsh - The Wine Front

Item: 86049

375 mL

Retail: $27.99

$19.99 per btl