Friday, 31 October 2014

Spotlight on sherry

Jeréz-Cádiz-Real Escuela Andaluza de Arte Ecuestre
Courtesy of the Spanish Tourist Office

Sherry, in the last few years, has reinvented itself as a fashionable drink.  This fortified wine from Spain is no longer something that should be thought of as the sweet syrupy drink your grandma serves during the festive season. 

It comes in an array of styles and is now being quaffed by the young and fashionable in tapas restaurants and hip sherry bars which have sprung up in cities such as London and New York.

The sherry region is in Andalusía and takes its name form Jeréz, the main town.

Here are three different types of sherry that should have you thinking about this fortified wine in a whole new light.

Berrys’ Fino, Jeréz, £9.75, Berry Bros & Rudd, (  
This is a pale – thanks to the unique “flor” yeast – and delicate sherry that is deliciously crisp. The bouquet makes you think of salted almonds. Best served lightly chilled.
Manzanilla Pasada Pastrana, Bodegas Hidalgo, £18.95,
A light and fresh Manzanilla sherry with salty tangs that comes from a single vineyard. Oozing with flavour, this classy number goes down a treat.  
Oloroso, Almacenista Pata de Gallina, Emilio Lustau, Jerez £19.95,
Stockholder Don Jaun Garcia Jarana may run this 100-year-old bodega as a hobby (his main business,  Two Wheels, is a company importing Japanese motorcycles) but his wines are top-notch. This oloroso (fragrant) is brimming with aromas of dried fruits. A superbly rich and powerful drink that you want to savour.  

By Daralyn Danns