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Commandaria from the island of Cyprus is the world’s oldest named wine still in production. This luscious nectar dating back to the ancient Greeks is made from ripe, sun-dried Xynisteri and Mavro grapes that have been crushed, pressed, fermented, and aged for at least 2 years in oak. Sometimes fortified, it’s served well-chilled and tastes like raisins, nuts, dried fruit, coffee, chocolate, orange peel, smoke and vanilla. Straight up, it’s heaven, but with fruit-based desserts, pastries, cakes, cookies, nuts, pudding and chocolate, it’s divine. Cook with it or match it to stinky cheese for a real treat. Now I know why Aphrodite, the goddess of beauty and love was born on Cyprus…for this wine.

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