It’s afternoon, I’m in the Sherry hotel and I’ve been drinking sherry for 48 hours straight. Hard core eh? However this is not a mumsnet Sherry bender version of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, for I’ve been invited by Tio Pepe to Jerez, the Andalucian Spanish town which is home to Sherry.
Sherry, as every self-respecting food and drink hipster knows, has moved on from granny Christmas tipple: sherry bars such as Pepito in Kings Cross hum to orders of ‘Fino’ and ‘Make that a PX’. There is a range of sherries; from dry, citrusy and light ‘Fino’ to heavy, syrupy, raisin-hued ‘Christmas in a glass’ Pedro Ximenez or ‘PX’.
In between those two extremes, we start with the 100% Palomino grape sherries: Vina AB, Alfonso, Leonor then Del Delque (aged 30 years) then moving towards more sweetness we add different amounts of PX grape: Apostoles (13% PX), Matusalem and Solera 1847 (25% PX), and lastly Noe and Nectar (100% PX). The last is basically pudding rather than a drink.
I often feel Sherry matches better with food than wine; the virtually savoury, almost salty, flavour brings out the best in Spanish food.
|Large man on a little stool|
|The churros maker|
|Dried pepper seller|
|Spanish embroidered shoesHair combs, flamenco style|
Spanish haberdashery: I bought this ribbon for my shelves
|Flamenco shoes for children, espadrilles
Nothing gives me the travel bug like your photos do. Truly glorious.
I'm loving your travelogues – atmospheric, sense of culture, and an ability to pick out the most interesting, quirky details. I always learn a lot and I'm always entertained.
Thanks so much Deptford Dame and Catherine. It means alot to me to have your feedback and enjoyment.
Personally I prefer Spanish brandy to French, the sherry casks used in the maturation process give it a better flavour. Sherry cask whisky is pretty good too.
I don't think I like the look of the goose barnacles either. Although, I do love Spain. Brilliant pics. 🙂
I know I've already said this to you on Twitter, but the photos and writing in this blog post really is fantastic. I've had to come back again for another look! Maybe you'll come and visit Edinburgh again soon? Aoife x
Shipscook: I've yet to open the Spanish sherry brandy!
Lovefoodcookfood: I'm too much of a food wimp to try them.
Jelly & Gin: thanks so much. I hope to visit you again …xxx
One place I've never been to and really should being a wine blogger an all!
Seems like you had a great holiday.. did you just turn up at the wineries or did you pre-book?
Andrew, it's well worth going. I went with tio pepe but I know people do tours. Not sure if you have to pre book or not.
Hola! I just realised while linking to this post on FB that I hadn't left a comment yet (could've sworn I had…)
Nice article, and fab photos, as usual. And thank you for the mention and the linkage. It was a fun weekend and great meeting you.