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Spain - Sherry

Up until recently, Sherry was a total mystery to me. I would sometimes hear fellow wine lovers talking about it and throwing around names like Amontillado, Oloroso and Manzanilla. It wasn’t until late last year that I had my first eye-opening experience. What sold me was how well it paired with food.

My favorite Sherry at the dinner table is a Fino or Manzanilla. Manzanilla is a dry Sherry with an array of tart fruits, earthy elements and minerals. It’s extremely versatile, making it great for tapas. Everything from charcuterie, seafood, cheeses and especially fried foods are all eye-opening with a glass of Sherry. For sweeter styles, like the off-dry Amontillado, you can look to heartier recipes, such as roasted chicken and game meats. The slightly sweeter Oloroso goes well with rich blue cheese, pate and even beef.

For this Manzanilla, I went with a recipe of Linguine with Scallion Sauce and Sauteed Shrimp.

NV Equipo Navazos Jerez-Xeres Sherry “I Think” Manzanilla - This showed such a unique bouquet of Granny Smith apple, fresh cranberry, nettles and almond skins. On the palate, it was bone dry yet refreshed by vibrant acidity with a sour bite, as flavors of pear, stone fruit and minerals filled the senses. The finish was slightly earthy with grass tones and a lingering note of caramel. (92 points)

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  • Makes me want to get on a plane! Thanks for the great ideas and, as we know, a decent bottle of Cava goes with just about anything!

    Oct 26, 2012 at 3:01 PM

  • Snooth User: SM
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    Another great article Mr. Guido. Yes Spanish is often unknown and overlooked by wine lovers, both amateur and knowledge in comparison to places like Bordeaux, Burgundy, Tuscany, Piemonte, etc. In September I went to a wine party where we had a Dinastia Vivanco Crianza 2008 from Rioja. Right away on the nose you could get dark plums and on the palate vanilla, new oak and dark cherries. But the even more amazing wine was a Rioja blend without any of the 'usual suspects' from Rioja. This was from a producer called Casa Roja and it was a Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Petit Verdot blend with incredible depth, structure and multi-layered. Probably a Rioja that's not so easy to find, but definitely worth the search.


    Solomon Mengeu

    Oct 29, 2012 at 12:37 PM

  • great

    Aug 30, 2013 at 2:59 AM

  • wonderful

    Aug 31, 2013 at 5:06 AM

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