Good Friday afternoon to everyone!
Not Good Friday, but hope you’re having a good Friday…
With the football team here at K-State at an away game I have a little more down time on a Friday night than I normally would. I was sitting here trying to think about what I should put on the world-wide web and it hit me!
Then I had a change of heart. I just spoke with a wonderful lady about Sherry and what she should use to make a sauce with this evening. So I am in a Sherry kind of mood…. so let’s talk about Sherry!
Our conversation a little like this…..
Lady: I need Sherry to cook with
Me: I will show you where the Sherry is
Lady: Thank you I will take the cheap Sherry
Me: I think you should get something better… here’s why!
(* edited for length and to cater to what I wanted to teach everyone about tonight!* =))
That was more or less…..well… less.. of how the conversation went.
The point of the whole thing is this
Would the cheapest Sherry we had work for what she was making? Yes
Would she have liked the way it tasted if she had a sip or tried a glass? NO
I think Sherry is one of the most under-rated, mis-understood wines there is and I do try my best to convey this to all of our cheap Sherry buyers.
Let’s go off on a tangent really fast….
Look at this amazing map! You will notice a few cities, Sanlucar de Barrameda, Jerez and Montilla. These are the 3 that matter for this current discussion.
I am going to turn to our friend at the Wine Folly to relay some important Sherry information to you….
“What is Sherry Wine?
Sherry is a fortified white wine from Andalucía Southern Spain and it has been made for centuries. Most of it is dry and meant to be paired with food.
The Wine Blender’s Art
Like most Champagne and Scotch, Sherry is a blended product. Old barrels of wine in a Sherry bodega are refreshed with slightly younger wine each year, then the oldest blended barrel is bottled. This is called the Solera system, and it creates a wine that is the product of as few as 3 or as many as 100 vintages, and is well worth the price. A Solera is, put simply, a group of barrels used to age a single wine; and the wine in these barrels will develop more complexity each year as fresh wine is added.
Thanks Madeline, for that quick run down of the what a Solera is!
That is basically how I would have said everything anyway!
I would start with something like….
Styles of Dry Sherry Wine
La Guita Manzanilla Sherry
Mazanilla Sherry will be finer and more delicate than most Fino Sherry due to its location in Sanlucar de Barrameda, and La Guita is the epitome of this style.
Check out a Fino Sherry and try
Tio Pepe Fino Sherry
This is widely considered as classic of a Fino Sherry as you will ever find….
Check out Amontillado Sherry and start with
Hidalgo Napoleon Amontillado
Amontillado or “As done in Montilla” is made from Pedro Ximinez grapes instead of Palomino, giving it a richer, fuller body and more robust flavor than the delicacy of Fino Sherry.
Try these Sherry on their own and chilled or pair them with a plate of cheese, meat, olives and the like! Either way trying to experience Sherry the correct way is worth every second.
You might not like it at all. That is a possibility. But you also might find it so intriguing that you want to try them all and this opens a door that would have forever remained closed if you didn’t take a chance that random day at the Fridge Wholesale Liquor.
Hope everyone has a wonderful HalloWINE weekend. Enjoy whatever it is you decide to do.
I, infact, will be enjoying a nice bottle of La Guita Manzanilla Sherry to cap off a wonderful Friday evening.
The Fridge Wine Guy