Cool Weather Signals It's Time To Try Sherry

on 11/12/10 at 5:49 pm

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Cool weather signals a need in us for inside warmth. It is time to put away the crisp cold white wines and save them for next summer. Bring out some wines that have more depth and comfort. Sherry is not as fashionable today as it has been in the past but it is a styling to consider.

The words Oloroso and Fino are not common to the vocabulary of most people who visit the Wonderful World of Wine. However, the terms are common in the Spanish sherry country. Located on the Atlantic Ocean about midway between Gibraltar and Portugal, this is one of the world’s most important wine regions.

Sherry is considered one of the three great fortified wine stylings along with port and madiera. It seems like a simple subject considering the existence of only two basic styles of wine made from only three grape varietals. The Palomino is the prolific grape of the region with Pedro Ximenez and Moscatelle contributing minor amounts to the end products. The subject gets a little complicated when the family tree of sherry develops into the two branches of Finos and Olorosos. On the Fino branch are Amontillado, Manzanilla and Pale Cream. The Oloroso branch blooms with Cream Sherry, Amoroso and Rayas. The branches rejoin and the styling of Palo Cortado is created.

The best way to get to know these wines is to taste them. It is simply amazing just how different each sherry is. There is truly a styling for everyone.

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