November 6, 2017

It’s Sherry Week!

By Corney & Barrow

It’s time to celebrate Sherry – one of the great misunderstood wines of the world. Here’s some things you might not know…

1) Sherry comes from Jerez (or Xeres), in south-west Spain.
It has to be made in the Andalucian triangle (Jerez de la Frontera, Sanlúcar de Barrameda and El Puerto de Santa María)

2) Sherry has been around for thousands of years!
The first mention of Sherry dates all the way back to writings by the Greek geographer Stabo in the 1st century BC! Read more

3) Sherry comes in many different styles
Palomino grapes are used to make dry styles like Fino and Manzanilla, whereas Pedro Ximenez and Muscat create sweeter sherries

4) Sherry is very different to port
While port gets fortified while it is fermenting, Sherry ferments completely before being fortified.

5) Sherry can be used for drinking (on its own or in a cocktail), cooking, or adding to dessert!
Pedro Ximenez grapes are laid out in the sun until they’re all shrivelled and approaching raisin-like size, giving the wine a syrupy thickness – perfect for pouring onto your vanilla ice-cream!

Amontillado Antonio Barbadillo – Medium Dry

A traditional-styled, Amontillado off-dry sherry with layers of intriguing nutty and mocha flavours. Delicious!
Grape: Palomino Fino

Manzanilla de Sanlucar Antonio Barbaillo

This tangy and delicate Manzanilla sherry is like a breath of fresh air, and the perfect aperitif.
Grape: Palomino Fino

Palo Cortado Peninsula Solera Reserva Emilio Lustau

A rare and intriguing style! Palo Cortado is produced unintentionally when a Fino or Amontillado sherry loses its protective veil of ‘flor’ in the barrel, creating delicate, hazelnut aromas balanced with rich, caramel flavours.
Grape: Palomino Fino

San Emilio Pedro Ximinez Solera Reserva Emilio Lustau

Sweetly intense and indulgent, this PX shows luscious notes of dried figs, chocolate, caramel and coffee.
Grape: Pedro Ximenez