The Sabor a Málaga local food and drink promotional brand has recently recognised five local cheesemakers as winners of the IV Concurso de Quesos de Cabra (Goat's Cheese Competition) and selected five bodegas as producing the best wines in the province.
The Sabor a Málaga brand encompasses establishments as well as gastronomic products and is an authentic hallmark of the province. It was created by the Diputación de Málaga in 2011 and aims to raise awareness of the quality of local products. To achieve the Sabor a Málaga seal, the products and establishments have to meet a series of quality and origin requirements.
The five winning dairies were; Santa María del Cerro, El Alcornocal, El Pinsapo, Agamma and Argudo. Each were awarded 3,000 euros of advertising and may also display the Sabor a Málaga brand on their product labels and promotional material. The winners will also be included in Sabor a Málaga national and international promotional campaigns.
Of the 50 goat's cheeses submitted to the competition, a total of eight were entered in the category of fresh cheese; seven in the semi-cured cheese category; nine in the cured cheese made with pasteurised milk category; nine as cured cheese made with raw milk; twelve cheeses entered in the category of innovatively seasoned or coated cheeses and five in the category of soft goat's cheese.
The jury judging the VIII Concurso de Vinos con Denominación de Origen Málaga y Sierras de Málaga had 52 different wines from 13 bodegas to taste. A blind tasting distinguished the nuances detected in the olfactory phase and persistence of the taste of the samples. Other characteristics such as colour intensity were also marked.
The tasting was carried out at the Escuela de Hostelería Castillo del Marqués de Valle Niza (Vélez-Málaga) by a jury made up of the sommelier of the Marbella Club Hotel, Ángel González; the food critic of SUR, Enrique Bellver; Caroline Wästersved, former sommelier of the Abac restaurant, and the sommelier and owner of Araboka, Antonio Fernández.
The results of the tasting produced the following winners: the Sabor a Málaga Award for the best white wine D. O. P. Sierras de Málaga went to Nilva 2020, from Bodega Nilva Enoturismo; the award for the best, still, sweet white wine with D. O. P. Málaga went to the muscat N.° 2 Victoria 2018, from Grupo Jorge Ordóñez; the award for the best red wine with D. O. P. Sierras de Málaga (up to six months in oak barrels) went to Bocatinta 2017, from Bodega Gross Hermanos; the best red wine D. O. P. Sierras de Málaga (more than six months in oak barrels) went to Vinana 2016, from Bodega Martin Kieninger, and the best liqueur wine with D. O. P . Malaga has been for the wine Carpe Diem Transañejo 2010, from Cooperativa Agrícola Virgen de la Oliva.
The winners in each of the categories received 5,000 euros of national and international advertising with the Sabor a Málaga promotional brand.