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Sherry comes from only one place in the entire world, Andalucía, Spain where the soil and unique seasonal changes give a particular and unsurpassable character to its wines. The process of production—not really the grape—determine the type, though certain types are reserved for certain grapes. Sherry's main grapes include Palomino, Pedro Ximénez and Muscat of Alexandria.

Tasting Notes for Sherry

Sherry is a fortified wine that comes in many styles from dry to sweet. Fino, from Jerez, and the similar style called Manzanilla, from the humid and cool, coastal town of Sanlúcar de Barrameda, are the lightest and driest styles, and are meant for early consumption. Their creation is dependent on the action of flor, which are benevolent film-forming yeasts that make a floating veil on the surface of the wine, which aid in protecting it from oxidation. Amontillado happens when a Fino’s layer of flor fades and the wine starts to oxidize. Quite simply it is an aged Fino that has a darker color and richer palate. When flor yeast dies unexpectedly, the result is Palo Cortado. A Palo Cortado Sherry can behave like Amontillado on the palate but often show a greater balance of richness and delicacy. Oloroso never develops flor but is oxidized for anywhere from five to twenty five years, becoming aromatic and strong like a fine bourbon. A sweetened Oloroso is a Cream sherry; a Pale Cream is one that has had the color removed. Pedro Ximénez and Muscat, representing a tiny proportion of production can make some amazing single varietal sweet sherries but the vast number of styles are primarily based on the Palomino grape.

Perfect Food Pairings for Sherry

For Fino and Manzanilla, think Spanish tapas: baked anchovies, patatas bravas, olives, cold cuts and manchego. For Amontillado and Palo Cortado, dishes like roasted turkey, grilled tuna, artichokes and asparagus will go well; dark chocolate could pair with these too. Rich poultry and foie gras will work with dry Oloroso. Cream Sherry and sweet Pedro Ximénez should be enjoyed with dessert or cheese.

Sommelier Secrets for Sherry

Most Sherry produced is dry and meant to pair alongside traditional Spanish food. The British and American markets have traditionally focused on the sweet ones.

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    Harveys Bristol Cream Sherry
    Sherry from Jerez, Spain
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    • Hidalgo La Gitana Manzanilla Sherry (500ML) Front Label
      Hidalgo La Gitana Manzanilla Sherry (500ML)
      Sherry from Jerez, Spain
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      • Gonzalez Byass Matusalem Sherry (375ML half-bottle) Front Label
        Gonzalez Byass Matusalem Sherry (375ML half-bottle)
        Sherry from Jerez, Spain
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        • Emilio Hidalgo Fino Sherry Front Label
          Emilio Hidalgo Fino Sherry
          Sherry from Jerez, Spain
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          • Alvear Pedro Ximenez 1927 (375ML half-bottle) Front Label
            Alvear Pedro Ximenez 1927 (375ML half-bottle)
            Sherry from Spain
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            • Hidalgo Faraon Oloroso (500ML) Front Label
              Hidalgo Faraon Oloroso (500ML)
              Sherry from Jerez, Spain
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                Sherry from Spain
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                • Hijos de Rainera Perez Marin La Guita Manzanilla Front Label
                  Hijos de Rainera Perez Marin La Guita Manzanilla
                  Sherry from Jerez, Spain
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                  • Bodegas Yuste Aurora Amontillado Sherry (500ML) Front Label
                    Bodegas Yuste Aurora Amontillado Sherry (500ML)
                    Sherry from Jerez, Spain
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                    • Osborne Manzanilla Sherry Front Label
                      Osborne Manzanilla Sherry
                      Sherry from Jerez, Spain
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                      • Orleans Borbon Manzanilla Sherry (375ML half-bottle) Front Label
                        Orleans Borbon Manzanilla Sherry (375ML half-bottle)
                        Sherry from Jerez, Spain
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                      • Emilio Hidalgo Morenita Cream Sherry Front Label
                        Emilio Hidalgo Morenita Cream Sherry
                        Sherry from Jerez, Spain
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                        • Hidalgo Alameda Cream Sherry (500ML) Front Label
                          Hidalgo Alameda Cream Sherry (500ML)
                          Sherry from Jerez, Spain
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                            Hijos de Rainera Perez Marin La Guita Manzanilla (375ML half-bottle)
                            Sherry from Jerez, Spain
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                            • Emilio Hidalgo Pedro Ximenez (500ML) Front Label
                              Emilio Hidalgo Pedro Ximenez (500ML)
                              Sherry from Jerez, Spain
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                              • El Maestro Sierra Palo Cortado Sherry (375ML) Front Label
                                El Maestro Sierra Palo Cortado Sherry (375ML)
                                Sherry from Jerez, Spain
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                                  • Alvaro Domecq Aranda Cream Sherry Front Label
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                                    Sherry from Jerez, Spain
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                                      • Bodegas Yuste Aurora Pedro Ximenez Sherry (500ML) Front Label
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                                        Sherry from Jerez, Spain
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                                          Sherry from Jerez, Spain
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                                                • Osborne Pedro Ximenez 1827 Front Label
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                                                • Bodegas Yuste Aurora Manzanilla Sherry (500ML) Front Label
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