Drink As Much Sherry As Possible!
Old stuff is cool again. Classic cocktails are back, dudes are growing pencil moustaches and ladies are donning pill box hats. It’s our new mission to bring back old school wine and we’re starting with Sherry! No, this isn’t the stuff old British ladies sip, this is wine that old men in Spain wake up early on a Sunday morning to drink with some cured ham and talk about old-man stuff with their buddies. (For real, 8am and these guys are already at it). It’s the Manhattan of wine so let’s start drinking it!
Sherry is a fortified wine, from Jerez, Spain, aged by the Solera system. While fairly complicated to fully explain, here is a simplified explanation of how it works. You get a series of a few hundred wine barrels. Each year, the new wine is mixed with older wine, and the older wine is mixed with even older wine and so on and so forth. The stuff at the end is put in bottles and drank by old Spanish men (and soon, you). Winos like to say, “the older wine educates the younger wine.”
Chile, Elqui Valley
Pedro Ximénez is a white grape that pretty much only grows in Jerez and is only made into Sherry. While white and crisp, after years of being left in an open wine barrel the wine turns motor-oil black (in a good way!). It’s sweet with really rich, deep flavors. If you like Port, you’re gonna love this stuff! Drink it with dessert or pour it on your pancakes in the morning instead of maple syrup!
Lustau is one of the largest Sherry producers in Jerez, the only place allowed to use the name Sherry, but just because they’re huge don’t think for a second they don’t make really legit and tasty wine! Amber in color with a little more body and thickness than the Manzanilla this wine rocks really nice flavors. Pour a glass with before dinner with some almonds or be the cool kid and rock a bottle of this with fried chicken (for real!).
Spain, Jerez, Sanlucar de Barrameda
A super small production dry, Manzanilla Sherry from the south of Spain is exactly what you want to sip on before dinner with some light snacks. Light, refreshing but you really gotta eat something with it to enjoy so make sure you grab some olives and cheese too!
The famous Sandeman Port and Sherry producer makes this dry Amontillado. Amber in color with a little more body and thickness than the Fino this wine rocks really nice flavors. Pour a glass before dinner and chomp on some almonds, olives or a little cured ham. It’ll make you feel super old-school cool!
Lustau is one of the largest Sherry producers in Jerez, the only place allowed to use the name Sherry, but even for a big producer they make really legit and tasty wine! This dry Fino Sherry is light in color but rich in flavor and has a bit of saltiness to it that goes great with dry cheese or even oysters!
Thick, rich and sweet, even though this wine is made entirely from white grapes you’d never know it when it hits your glass. This is an Oloroso Dulce, meaning it’s definitely a sweet, dessert Sherry. If you like Port, you’re gonna love this stuff! Drink it with dessert or pour it on your pancakes in the morning instead of maple syrup!