Sherry Shorts: Eating Vegetables

Although much has been written of late about the gastronomic potential of the wines of Jerez and Sanlúcar, vegetables, with the notable exception of amontillado’s classic pairing with artichokes, rarely feature in the discussion. It’s… Continue reading

Lustau 3 En Rama 2016

With the summer weather finally heating up in Ireland and the United Kingdom, en rama season, which has seemed ever so slightly underwhelming on this island at least, is well and truly underway. For… Continue reading

Special Wines For Journey-Men and Journey-Women

If sheer contentment is a measure of quality, recent meals in Brawn stand head and shoulders above every other restaurant visit this year. Faye Maschler once suggested that if she could, she would… Continue reading

Vinostito – A 10 Year Journey

The recent Vinostito portfolio tasting celebrated a 10 year journey around the world of wine. Although the route has pitstops in Italy, Austria, France and Portugal, they are merely diversions, albeit worthwhile, from this grand road… Continue reading

A Manzanilla Manifesto

As the United Kingdom remains gripped by referendum fever (or should that be referendum fear?) a very different kind of vote took place in L’Atitude 51 last Wednesday. The question was simple: What drink… Continue reading

Sherry Shorts: Valdespino Macharnudo Añada 2000

This picture from Peter McCombie MW really stood out amongst the (welcome) flurry of Vinoble tweets filling my timeline today. Valdespino Macharnudo Amontillado 2000 Reverse spit! with @SJEvansMW @vinesack #sherrylover pic.twitter.com/WJqboK22Px — Peter McCombie (@petermccombie)… Continue reading

Sherry Shorts: Closures

Discussions on sherry bottle closures are probably only of interest to a small fraternity of sherry geeks, but please indulge me for a moment in this ‘sherry short’. Most sherry is bottled under short stopper corks and conventional wisdom… Continue reading

La Guita En Rama – A Manzanilla Worth Waiting For

Luis Gutiérrez notes in his recent article about Sherry in The Wine Advocate that La Guita (Hijos de Rainera Pérez Marín) came under considerable market pressure to release a manzanilla en rama. The bodega has flourished… Continue reading

Sherry Shorts: Birthday Wines

A trio of stunning birthday bottles from the full breadth of the sherry spectrum, each highlighting unique aspects of one of the world’s greatest wines… The solera system, biological ageing and the vitality of individual casks…… Continue reading

Sherry Shorts: Organic Manzanilla From Delgado Zuleta

It’s perhaps testament to the progress made by organic, biodynamic and natural wines in the conscience of wine drinkers, that I’m often asked during tastings whether there are any natural sherries available? Whilst an increased focus… Continue reading