After a long day of Christmas shopping in the mall or on-line take time to get cozy with a glass of sherry. A little wine that goes behony the everyday. Sherry is aged for five years; and should be served at 57F. Drink sherry within 5-10 years of its original date.
Sherry is usually drank in small glasses due to thier higher alcohol levels. The small mouth on the glass helps to minimize the alcohol aroma and prevent it from overwhelming the flavor. Sherry can be drank as a apéritif (a pre-dinner sipper meant to stimulate the appetite) or sipped as an after dinner drink with cheese or nuts. Or alone.
However you choose to sip sherry, sitting in your favorite chair is a nice way to end the holiday shopping rush. Maybe even pick up a bottle as a gift.
Various Styles of Sherry
- Fino: Fino Sherry is the lightest and youngest style and a pale yellow/straw color. They are usually served chilled and are an outstanding thirst quencher in summer. They can be served alone as an apéritif or with salty appetizers like olives, almonds and other finger foods.
- Manzanilla: Overall they are very similar to Finos and can be served in the same way. They do tend to be slightly lighter. On the coast fishing towns they are often served chilled along with fried seafood and other light fare.
- Amontillado: This type of Sherry wine starts off similar to a Fino but sees additional aging. After aging under the flor for a while, the flor is removed, allowing the wine to see more oxygen. This develops more oxidized, nutty and caramelized aromas as well as a darker amber color. They typically still have good acidity and therefore are very versatile. They can be enjoyed alone for their rich, complex aromatics either before or after a meal, but they are also a great match to smokey and heady foods like some soups (they are great with French onion soup!) and roast poultry.
- Oloroso: Even darker than an Amontillado, Olorosos are aged in wood for even longer without flor protection. . The richness of these wines, despite being dry, make them a better option for after dinner, either to sip alone or to partner with nuts, pungent cheeses or even some desserts.
- Cream: These are basically Olorosos to which sweet wine has been added before aging. It is a rich, sweet wine that is meant as a dessert wine to drink alone or with some dessert courses.
- Pedro Ximenez: This type of Sherry is made exclusively from a grape called Pedro Ximenez. The grapes are traditionally left to dry on mats in the hot sun, basically becoming raisins, concentrated and powerful. The resulting wine is a rich, intense sweet wine which is best served as dessert or along with dessert courses.
- Moscatel: Another sweet Sherry wine style made from only one grape, called Moscatel. They are very sweet and tend to have floral and fruity aromas and flavors. These can be sipped alone after a meal or do particularly well with salty blue cheese and dried fruits and nuts.
What is available in sherry.