Sherry; not just for Christmas

17th December 2018

Winning new clients is always an exciting affair, especially when they’re based abroad!

We started working with the Consejo Regulador for Jerez-Xérès-Sherry (the Sherry Regulatory Board) and some of us were lucky enough to visit the sun-drenched city of Jerez where we gained an insider’s knowledge on all things sherry.

Wednesday

Arriving in the Andalucian sunshine on an autumn afternoon, our journey of Sherry discovery began with a tour of Jerez’s oldest sherry winery – Bodegas Fundador.

Steeped in history, this nearly 300 year old winery developed Spain’s first brandy back in 1874 and also boasts a unique range of 30+ year old VORS (Very Old Rare Sherry) varieties. A visit here definitely isn’t complete without a tour of its iconic, mosque shaped bodega, known as ‘La Mezquita’, (where more than 40,000 barrels of wine are stored), or without a stroll past its endless array of celebrity signed barrels from the past two centuries.

The afternoon was rounded off nicely with a sunset-timed cream cocktail on the rocks with a slice of orange before a memorable evening pairing sherry and tapas.

 

Thursday

The next day we headed to the Consejo Regulador to learn more about the white wine including its history and ‘solera criadera’ ageing system. Who knew that wines of different ages are blended together to produce the sherry varieties we all know and love?!

Following on from a tour of the historic Consejo building we travelled across town to Grupo Estevez – another legendary winery where notable highlights included taking part in an in-depth sherry tasting session (with the whole sherry spectrum on display), sampling a 130 year old sweet Moscatel sherry and viewing a private collection of artworks from the likes of Picasso and Dalí!

Several* sherries later and with an enhanced understanding of the world of sherry, it was time for one last tapas and sherry pairing before we caught our flight home to get to work promoting sherry here in the UK!

From crisp and dry finos to dense and syrupy cream sherries – there really is no wine more suitable for every occasion. Have a bottle ready to go this Christmas…

Cream sherry is a sweet, velvety wine with a dark appearance. It’s the perfect way to start the festivities served on the rocks with an orange slice or to end the evening slightly chilled with cheese and figs for a delicious digestif.

Fino sherry is a dry white wine with hints of almonds and wild herbs and is a great partner for salmon, Spanish olives, cured meats and the Christmas ham.  Why not try adding a splash of fino to your gin and tonic for an additional burst of flavour?

Manzanilla has distinctive floral notes and it is a wonderful complement to Christmas seafood and fish.

Sherry; not just for Christmas

17th December 2018

Winning new clients is always an exciting affair, especially when they’re based abroad!

We started working with the Consejo Regulador for Jerez-Xérès-Sherry (the Sherry Regulatory Board) and some of us were lucky enough to visit the sun-drenched city of Jerez where we gained an insider’s knowledge on all things sherry.

Wednesday

Arriving in the Andalucian sunshine on an autumn afternoon, our journey of Sherry discovery began with a tour of Jerez’s oldest sherry winery – Bodegas Fundador.

Steeped in history, this nearly 300 year old winery developed Spain’s first brandy back in 1874 and also boasts a unique range of 30+ year old VORS (Very Old Rare Sherry) varieties. A visit here definitely isn’t complete without a tour of its iconic, mosque shaped bodega, known as ‘La Mezquita’, (where more than 40,000 barrels of wine are stored), or without a stroll past its endless array of celebrity signed barrels from the past two centuries.

The afternoon was rounded off nicely with a sunset-timed cream cocktail on the rocks with a slice of orange before a memorable evening pairing sherry and tapas.

 

Thursday

The next day we headed to the Consejo Regulador to learn more about the white wine including its history and ‘solera criadera’ ageing system. Who knew that wines of different ages are blended together to produce the sherry varieties we all know and love?!

Following on from a tour of the historic Consejo building we travelled across town to Grupo Estevez – another legendary winery where notable highlights included taking part in an in-depth sherry tasting session (with the whole sherry spectrum on display), sampling a 130 year old sweet Moscatel sherry and viewing a private collection of artworks from the likes of Picasso and Dalí!

Several* sherries later and with an enhanced understanding of the world of sherry, it was time for one last tapas and sherry pairing before we caught our flight home to get to work promoting sherry here in the UK!

From crisp and dry finos to dense and syrupy cream sherries – there really is no wine more suitable for every occasion. Have a bottle ready to go this Christmas…

Cream sherry is a sweet, velvety wine with a dark appearance. It’s the perfect way to start the festivities served on the rocks with an orange slice or to end the evening slightly chilled with cheese and figs for a delicious digestif.

Fino sherry is a dry white wine with hints of almonds and wild herbs and is a great partner for salmon, Spanish olives, cured meats and the Christmas ham.  Why not try adding a splash of fino to your gin and tonic for an additional burst of flavour?

Manzanilla has distinctive floral notes and it is a wonderful complement to Christmas seafood and fish.