There are Sherry ‘s for all ocassions

Different ocassions demands for different styles when it comes to Sherry. But, keep in mind that all Sherry’s are made from only three different kind of grapes, and these are Palomino, Moscatel and the one and only Pedro Ximinez.

The styles on the wines are: Manzanilla, Fino, Amontillado, Oloroso, Palo Cortado, Medium (sweetened Amontillado), Pale Cream (sweetened Oloroso), Pedro Ximinez  (natural sweetened) and the Moscatel (natural sweteened).

But the name Sherry, we’re does it come from, well the history tells us that it is from the English interpretation of the city of ”Jerez” de la Frontera which are one of the three cities in the Sherry region where you are allowed to grow the grapes and store the wine. The other two is Sanlucar de barrameida and El porto de Santa Maria.

But back to basics, what’s a Solera, well it’s a sort of a system to mature wines and blend wines at the same time. Well let me explain in a simple way. You put together a series of rows of casks of 500 litres on top of each other and on the highest level you put the youngest vintage and on the level below the next youngest and so on. That means that from the casks from the top there is a flow of younger vintages to the right hand cask on the ground level which are the oldest one, the Solera, which means that it is a blend from different vintages. In some way, some may say that’s cheating because you dont get the whole bottle you purchased with the vintage on the label, but this is a well known fact. The Solera system it self contributes in a major way to the creation and the diversity of the blends, and its also one of the reasons to keep the vintages for a longer time and there is no harm in that, is it? Today, they produce port in a similar way aswell as wine from Marsala and vinegar and the way of production was developed by the Spanish and the Portuguese. So now you know in a quit simple way how a Solera works. The chart below illustrates in a rather good way how the procedure works.

Tomorrow I will talk about ”flor” and Sanlucar de Barrameida and what’s so special about that.

Cheers all of you #sherrylovers

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Did you know that Flamenco was born in Jerez de la Frontera?

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It seems that I just have to say the word Sherry and everyone knows what’s it’s all about, or is that true…
When I was growing up I had my vision about Sherry and that vision was very simple ”it’s only old people playing cards” who is drinking Sherry in the afternoon, it’s dry and I don’t like it. And of course I didn’t liked it, I was nine!

Well, thank god, taste buds changes over the years, aswell as knowledge and today I know that there are a lot of differences and there is a Sherry for all circumstances and occasions.

What’s the difference between a Manzanilla and a Oloroso and what’s the town Sanlucar all about, and how does a Solera work and what is it, well there is a lot of Q:s but not so many A:s.

Stay tuned, because in the following days I will be in Jerez de la Frontera and i will send a few notes daily from Jerez and I am sure it’s gonna be both exiting aswell as interesting. And did you know… the Flamenco was born in Jerez de la Frontera and not in Argentina as many of us still believe or dont you believe me?

Stay tuned and you will find out more/cheers!

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Some Turkish delight in the Spice market in Istanbul

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If you never been to Istanbul, you missed a gem and the door to Asia, the city is vibrant and has a lot to offer. The Grand Bazar is a must aswell as other historical walkabouts. But Istanbul is not just history, even though you cant avoid it, it’s a huge city with more than 10 million people if not more. When going here, be patient because the language skills are quite poor if you don’t speak turkish, but the people are friendly and the city is devided into a European sector aswell as a Asian one, and it’s not hard to feel at home anywhere in this big city. The food is alright and a meal starts from a few euros to a lot more, it goes aswell for the hotels, from the simple stay over to the luxurious top notch. For me personally a trip is all about the accommodation aswell as the food and drinks and this city has a lot to offer to my senses. In Istanbul, you can find anything of your desire, it’s just up to the wallet to deside and if you like some spiceness in your life, don’t forget to go Istanbul at least once in your life time, you will never forget it or regret it.

Keep on cooking

2014 Fefiñanes ”1583” Albariño Rias Baixas

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”1583 commemorates the birth year of the Viscount of Fefinanes, who built the castle of Fefinanes (back in 1647!) that houses the winery. This historic producer was the first to bottle wine under the DO Rias Baixas denomination. Their wines are 100% Albariño, and very much express the tradition of the region. In this bottle, you’ll find a bright and silky wine with ripe fruit notes and a touch of roundness from oak aging. Pour it alongside shellfish or grilled chicken”