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In September 2010 I visited several sherry bodegas. Here are pictures and a few notes from Bodegas Sanchez Romate. (Our guide used a barrel as a chalkboard.) (Our host.) (The bodega is relatively small and sort of goth.) (We signed a barrel.) Not a touristy bodega- don’t do tours Fino has more oxidation than manzanilla because the flor dies in winter and summer in Jerez. Delicious amontillado 5 years under flor Muscatel was like blueberry pie filling with curry Brandy Cardenal Mendoza top selling brandy de Jerez in US Read more →

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In September 2010 I visited several sherry bodegas. Here are pictures and a few notes from Bodegas Osborne. (The logo for Osborne is the silhouette of a bull. You see it all around.) (This is barrel with a clear end so you can see how flor (a layer of yeast) lives on top of the sherry. The yeast consumes nutrients in the alcohol, and also protects it from oxidation in fino and manzanilla sherries.) (Aging sherry.) (After the Osborne bodega visit, some local food to soak up the sherry.) Huge company with biggest selling products port, water, ham, etc. Their... Read more →

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In September 2010 I visited several sherry bodegas. Here are pictures and a few notes from Bodegas Grupo Estevez. (Sherry sleeping peacefully in the bodega.) (One of the warehouses is named for flamenco dancer Lola Flores.) (Horse stables and ring behind the bodegas. Jerez is home to flamenco, dancing horses, and sherry.) (The interior is a fancy place with fine art and marble statues.) Tio Mateo, Agostino, Tesoro, La Gita are some of their brands They used to have several bodegas, centralized them all to the one we visited 20 years ago One bodega named after flamenco dancer Lola Flores... Read more →

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In September 2010 I visited several sherry bodegas. Here are pictures and a few notes from Bodegas Tradicion. (The small and beautiful bodega.) (Drinking out of the barrel.) (Criadera refers to the level of the barrel in the solera system. The 1/18 refers to the number of the barrel and the total of the set. ) (They also have an art gallery in the bodega. I call this painting "Laserdove".) Bodega only started in 1998 Only produce old sherries - VOS, VORS. They buy them from other bodegas already aged and put them into their solera system. To my palate,... Read more →

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In September 2010 I visited several sherry bodegas. Here are pictures and a few notes from Bodegas Harvey's. (At the vineyard.) (The white, chalky soil of Jerez not only seals in water to get the vines through the dry season, it reflects sunlight up to the bottom of the vines as well.) (At the bodega, the famous Harvey's Bristol Cream.) (Barrels of sherry at the Harvey's bodega.) (Sherry, read for drinking!) (The grounds at Harvey's are filled with animals like albino peacocks and...) (a pair of alligators.) 75% of their grapes are machine harvested PX and Palomino grapes look similar... Read more →

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The Tequila-Sherry Connection

Every time I look for sherry I find tequila there too. What is it with the tequila people and the sherry people being the same people? Steven Olson aka Wine Geek is both a tequila and mezcal ambassador and also a sherry ambassador. Jacques Bezuidenhout, Partida tequila brand ambassador and sometimes sherry ambassador, also created of the La Perla cocktail with both tequila and sherry. George Sandeman of the Sandeman sherry and port family is a huge tequila fan. On a recent trip to Spain with Steve Olsen were Phil Ward and Katie Stipe of Mayahuel, the tequila-and-mezcal bar in... Read more →

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Sherry is a wine, albeit a fortified one, that does spoil after a certain time being open. It also typically doesn't improve once it is put into the bottle so here's how long to keep it around. According to the Consejo Regulador of Sherry, the wine should be stored for the following times: Fino or Manzanilla: in a sealed bottle it will last for 12 to 18 months. If the bottle is opened and stored in the refrigerator, it will last one week. Amontillado and Medium Sweet Sherries in a sealed bottle will last for 18 to 36 months. If... Read more →

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In the new issue of Fine Cooking Magazine, Tara Q. Thomas has a story on sherry with food pairings (preview mode so far- full story should appear at the link later). To pair with the feature on the FineCooking.com drink blog, I list a simple recipe for the Sherry Cobbler. Should you want more complicated recipes, I recommend stopping off at the Secret Sherry Society website for drinks from the likes of Charles Joly, Erick Castro, Danny Valdez, Thomas Waugh, and Phil Ward. Read more →

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