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Battuta in Malaga

Malaga means grapes, and has for a long time. While the ancient Greeks were spreading philosophy and art throughout the Levant, they thankfully left behind the art of viniculture on the Costa del Sol. The pious Muslim traveler Ibn Battutah, who passed through in 1350, may have frowned on it, but even centuries of Muslim presence couldn't stop these delicious grapes from being fermented and traded around the known world. Just steps from the neoislamic Ataranzas market, chunky oak casks of Moscatel, Pedro Ximenez, and Pajarete sweet wines wait to be served in Malaga's oldest wine bar, Antigua Casa de Guardia. Here, you literally chalk up points as your tally gets written up on the wine-soaked wooden bar. Basic tapas like shrimp, prawns, clams, and mussels are what's on offer, but when the wine list is bigger than the menu, why ask for more?

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