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Sherry

Unfortunately, Sherry is often served only as an aperitif – which is really a shame! As a Spanish sweet wine Sherry is, even more so, a dessert wine, and definitely a science unto itself.

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Pedro Ximénez 0,50l - Emilio Hidalgo
Pedro Ximénez 0,50l - Emilio Hidalgo
Emilio HidalgoSpainsweet
Content 0.5 liter(s) (£36.37 / 1 liter(s))
£18.19 *
Content 0.5 liter(s) (£36.37 / 1 liter(s))
70009-ES-PS-00006
East India Solera Reserva 0,5l Flasche - Emilio Lustau
East India Solera Reserva 0,5l Flasche - Emilio Lustau
Emilio LustauSpainsweet
Content 0.5 liter(s) (£37.93 / 1 liter(s))
£18.97 *
Content 0.5 liter(s) (£37.93 / 1 liter(s))
70012-ES-PS-016
La Guita Manzanilla - Hijos de Rainera Pérez Marin
La Guita Manzanilla - Hijos de Rainera Pérez Marin
La Guita / Hijos de Rainera Pérez MarinSpaindry
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£17.31 / 1 liter(s))
£12.98 *
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£17.31 / 1 liter(s))
70011-ES-PS-191
Cristina Medium Dry DO Jerez - Gonzáles Byass
Cristina Medium Dry DO Jerez - Gonzáles Byass
Gonzalez Byass S.A.Spainmedium sweet
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£23.90 / 1 liter(s))
£17.93 *
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£23.90 / 1 liter(s))
70011-ES-PS-186
Rare Cream Superior Solera Reserva - Emilio Lustau
Rare Cream Superior Solera Reserva - Emilio Lustau
Emilio LustauSpainsweet
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£37.07 / 1 liter(s))
£27.80 *
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£37.07 / 1 liter(s))
70012-ES-PS-018
Fino Jerez Seco - Emilio Hidalgo
Fino Jerez Seco - Emilio Hidalgo
Emilio HidalgoSpaindry
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£11.59 / 1 liter(s))
£8.69 *
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£11.59 / 1 liter(s))
70009-ES-PS-00001
Charito Manzanilla - Emilio Hidalgo
Charito Manzanilla - Emilio Hidalgo
Emilio HidalgoSpaindry
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£12.98 / 1 liter(s))
£9.73 *
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£12.98 / 1 liter(s))
70009-ES-PS-00002
Morenita Cream DO Jerez-Xérès-Sherry y Manzanilla-Sanlúcar de Barrameda - Emilio Hidalgo
Morenita Cream DO Jerez-Xérès-Sherry y Manzanilla-Sanlúcar de Barrameda - Emilio Hidalgo
Emilio HidalgoSpainsweet
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£15.51 / 1 liter(s))
£11.63 *
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£15.51 / 1 liter(s))
70009-ES-PS-00005
Villapanés Oloroso Seco - Emilio Hidalgo
Villapanés Oloroso Seco - Emilio Hidalgo
Emilio HidalgoSpaindry
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£79.64 / 1 liter(s))
£59.73 *
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£79.64 / 1 liter(s))
70009-ES-PS-00009
Pedro Ximénez Murillo Solera Reserva 0,5l Flasche - Emilio Lustau
Pedro Ximénez Murillo Solera Reserva 0,5l Flasche - Emilio Lustau
Emilio LustauSpainsweet
Content 0.5 liter(s) (£80.57 / 1 liter(s))
£40.29 *
Content 0.5 liter(s) (£80.57 / 1 liter(s))
70012-ES-PS-021
Amontillado Medium - Emilio Hidalgo
Amontillado Medium - Emilio Hidalgo
Emilio HidalgoSpainmedium sweet
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£13.49 / 1 liter(s))
£10.12 *
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£13.49 / 1 liter(s))
70009-ES-PS-00003
Elegante Dry Fino - Gonzáles Byass
Elegante Dry Fino - Gonzáles Byass
Gonzalez Byass S.A.Spaindry
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£14.89 / 1 liter(s))
£11.17 *
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£14.89 / 1 liter(s))
70011-ES-PS-183
Rare Amontillado Escuadrilla Solera Reserva - Emilio Lustau
Rare Amontillado Escuadrilla Solera Reserva - Emilio Lustau
Emilio LustauSpaindry
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£38.12 / 1 liter(s))
£28.59 *
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£38.12 / 1 liter(s))
70012-ES-PS-012
El Tresillo Amontillado Fino - Emilio Hidalgo
El Tresillo Amontillado Fino - Emilio Hidalgo
Emilio HidalgoSpaindry
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£79.64 / 1 liter(s))
£59.73 *
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£79.64 / 1 liter(s))
70009-ES-PS-00010
Apostoles Palo Cortado VORS 0,375 l halbe Flasche - Gonzáles Byass
Apostoles Palo Cortado VORS 0,375 l halbe Flasche - Gonzáles Byass
Gonzalez Byass S.A.Spaindry
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£51.83 / 1 liter(s))
£38.87 *
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£51.83 / 1 liter(s))
70336-ES-PS-004
Puerto Fino Solera Reserva - Emilio Lustau
Puerto Fino Solera Reserva - Emilio Lustau
Emilio LustauSpaindry
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£24.77 / 1 liter(s))
£18.58 *
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£24.77 / 1 liter(s))
70012-ES-PS-008
Fino Jarana Solera Reserva 0,375 l - Emilio Lustau
Fino Jarana Solera Reserva 0,375 l - Emilio Lustau
Emilio LustauSpaindry
Content 0.375 liter(s) (£28.74 / 1 liter(s))
£10.78 *
Content 0.375 liter(s) (£28.74 / 1 liter(s))
70012-ES-PS-007
Croft Original Sherry Fine Pale Cream Sherry - Croft González Byass
Croft Original Sherry Fine Pale Cream Sherry - Croft González Byass
Gonzalez Byass S.A.sweet
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£24.26 / 1 liter(s))
£18.19 *
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£24.26 / 1 liter(s))
70011-ES-PS-464
Dry Oloroso Don Nuno Solera Reserva 0,375l Flasche - Emilio Lustau
Dry Oloroso Don Nuno Solera Reserva 0,375l Flasche - Emilio Lustau
Emilio LustauSpaindry
Content 0.375 liter(s) (£41.60 / 1 liter(s))
£15.60 *
Content 0.375 liter(s) (£41.60 / 1 liter(s))
70012-ES-PS-015
Oloroso del Puerto 1/110 - Emilio Lustau
Oloroso del Puerto 1/110 - Emilio Lustau
Emilio LustauSpaindry
Content 0.5 liter(s) (£57.17 / 1 liter(s))
£28.59 *
Content 0.5 liter(s) (£57.17 / 1 liter(s))
70012-ES-PS-002
Amontillado de Puerto 1/10 - 0,5L - Emilio Lustau
Amontillado de Puerto 1/10 - 0,5L - Emilio Lustau
Emilio LustauSpaindry
Content 0.5 liter(s) (£63.67 / 1 liter(s))
£31.84 *
Content 0.5 liter(s) (£63.67 / 1 liter(s))
70012-ES-PS-005
Elegante Cream - González Byass
Elegante Cream - González Byass
Gonzalez Byass S.A.Spainsweet
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£12.98 / 1 liter(s))
£9.74 *
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£12.98 / 1 liter(s))
70011-ES-DW-185
Nectar Pedro Ximenez - Gonzáles Byass
Nectar Pedro Ximenez - Gonzáles Byass
Gonzalez Byass S.A.Spainsweet
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£25.12 / 1 liter(s))
£18.84 *
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£25.12 / 1 liter(s))
70011-ES-PS-187
Fino Jarana Solera Reserva - Emilio Lustau
Fino Jarana Solera Reserva - Emilio Lustau
Emilio LustauSpaindry
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£24.77 / 1 liter(s))
£18.58 *
Content 0.75 liter(s) (£24.77 / 1 liter(s))
70012-ES-PS-006
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Sherry – More Than Just an Apéritif

The term Sherry comes from the Spanish city Jerez (de la Frontera) – most likely for the reason that the English merchants who began purchasing the native liqueur wine in the 18th Century simply couldn’t pronounce it. Jerez is thus a synonym for Sherry and is still used in Spain today. Only wines that originate from the so-called Sherry Triangle at the southeastern tip of Andalusia are permitted to claim protected DO status. Its full name is: Jerez/ Sherry y Manzanilla de Sanlúcar de Barrameda. The cities Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Jerez de la Frontera and Puerto de Santa Maria form the border of the Sherry Triangle. The prerequisite for Sherry consists of a finely balanced mesh of local climatic conditions, lime-rich chalky soil, the specific grape varieties used – and above all the Solera method.

 

Solera  - Making Sherry Sherry

The basis for this liqueur wine is generally dry white wine. The most important grape variety for the production of Sherry is Palomino Fino and accounts for over 90 percent of the total cultivated area. In addition to Palomino Fino, the very sweet grape varieties Pedro Ximénez (PX) and Moscatel are also grown. These grapes are generally used for blending, but the PX is also vinified as a varietal wine. After the fermented wines have been fortified with brandy for the first time (to at least 15 vol%), the Solera method comes into play. At least three (often more) rows of casks are laid on top of each other. The bottom row of casks is the solera, and the upper rows are called criaderas. The wine that is then sold and consumed comes exclusively from the solera row. However, only 30 to 40 percent of the wine from the solera is removed, and then the casks are topped off with the wine from the next row above. The wine removed from the casks in the second row is then replaced with wine from the third row casks, and so on. The empty casks from the top row are then filled with young wine - mosto. This method produces the unique Sherry flavour on the one hand, but also ensures the consistent quality of individual brands for many years.

 

Sherry Types

Depending upon alcohol content, degree of oxidation, sugar content and other contributing factors, Sherries can be very diverse and are classified into types, among them: Fino, Amontillado, Olosroso, Cortado and Cream Sherry. See which ones appeal most to you. We especially recommend our selection of Almacenista Sherry from the Bodega Emilio Lustau. What does almacenista mean? Well, let’s just say that they make the very best Sherry!

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