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[Update- realizing this is Memorial Day, we have decided to postpone it until a later date.] On May 30th, I'll be teaching a class at Bourbon & Branch's Beverage Academy! I'm really excited about it. Sherry is a big category of rather complex fortified wine, so I'll be busting out my PowerPoint ninja skills and a whole lot of tasting glasses. Here's the class description. Oh Sherry! Sherry is wide category of fortified wine that’s due for a big comeback. Already bartenders have adopted it as favorite mixing ingredient in cocktails, and wine connoisseurs are giving it renewed attention. Delicious... Read more →

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Sherry and tequila are showing up together on more and more cocktail menus. I wrote a story about that in the Sunday, February 20th San Francisco Chronicle. (Del Rio cocktail by Josh Harris of the Bon Vivants. Photo: Craig Lee) More drinks including Tequila and Sherry Camper English, Special to The Chronicle Sherry and Tequila are having a love affair. Bartenders are using more of each ingredient lately, but increasingly you'll see the two sneaking off in a drink together, canoodling in a corner of the cocktail menu. One of the first outward signs of this attraction came in the... Read more →

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**Update: This story is no longer on the LA Times Magazine website, so I have pasted it here. In yesterday's LA Times Magazine I have a huge feature on sherry. (photographs by Nigel Cox) As a wine category, sherry has practically everything going for it: a tremendous range of flavors, a rich history dating at least as far back as the Romans, the ability to pair magnificently well with food and an increasingly hip status as a cocktail ingredient used by top bartenders. Most people, when they think of sherry at all, consider it an ingredient their grandmothers cooked with... Read more →

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In September 2010 I visited several sherry bodegas. Here are food pictures from the area. Food in the sherry region is all about seafood and Iberian ham, all served tapas-style. I think the meat eaters on my trip must have had ham ten different ways. (Langostinos.) (Mmm, gazpacho. I had tomatoes about 15 different ways.) (Two of the writers on our trip, sweaty and crazed, post-hamgasm.) (Eating outdoors in Jerez. This was before the 40 or so plates of tapas arrived. I focussed primarily on the sherry.) (Bull meat in the market.) (A nightclub near our hotel serves a San... Read more →

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In September 2010 I visited several sherry bodegas. Here are pictures and a few notes from Bodegas Hidalgo La Gitana, which is located in Sanlucar de Barrameda. (La Gitana is their most famous brand. It's a manzanilla; similar to fino but aged in Sanlucar.) (The bodegas were wonderfully old, moldy, and dusty.) (One of the old bullfight posters taped to the wall in the bodega.) (Our host, a curmudgeonly sort who basically disagreed with everything we learned all week. We liked him anyway.) (A view of the bodega.) More humidity and less exreme temperature swings in Sanlucar Flor is thicker... Read more →

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In September 2010 I visited several sherry bodegas. Here are pictures and a few notes from Bodegas Lustao. (Barrels in the Lustau bodega.) (The vinegar aging room smelled heavenly. I'd love to go back and just study vinegar.) (These new casks are being prepared for Jameson Irish whisky that is aged in ex-sherry casks. These casks were not part of the solera system- just the wine in them. They hold sherry that absorbs into the wood. The sherry is then distilled and not used for sherry.) (At lunch afterward, we drank Lustao sherry and had Lustao Vinagre de Jerez on... Read more →

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In September 2010 I visited several sherry bodegas. Here are pictures and a few notes from Bodegas Gonzalez Byass. (The grounds of the bodega have grape vines covering the streets to provide shade.) (A train takes people on a tour around the bodega.) (One of the rooms for special events.) (A barrel signed by Picasso.) (Some Tio Pepe out of the cask. You can see the flor broken up in the glass.) Make Tio Pepe Over 200,000 visitors per year to bodega Tio Pepe grapes are and will always be collected by hand, not machine Higher vineyards considered better –... Read more →

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In September 2010 I visited several sherry bodegas. Here are pictures and a few notes from Bodegas Williams & Humbert. (The bodega is absolutely enormous.) (There's a horse show inside the bodega for visitors.) (For barrel tasting, the venenciador (in this case, the chief oenologist) inserts the venencia into the barrel to pull out a cup of liquid, then pours above a glass to aerate.) (From a high perch in the bodega, you can see nearly the whole thing. Center in the picture is a tour group.) They make Dry Sack - actually a medium sweetness sherry Huge tourist visitor... Read more →

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