Category Archive: Fortified Wines

Sherry Shorts: The Great Sherry Tasting 2017

The Great Sherry Tasting 2017 held in London in September was, to my mind at least, the best iteration yet. Here are a few highlights, quick hits and sherry shorts from the day:… Continue reading

Aponiente: Mind Reading and Mind-Blowing

Rarely has a meal had such a lasting impact on me. And it’s perhaps for this reason that I’ve so struggled to capture a spectacular, and upon reflection a quite bibendous, recent evening… 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

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

Sherry Shorts: Unsettled En Rama

The Big Fortified Tasting held on Friday in London showcased a few recently bottled (some for the event itself) en rama releases. While most demonstrated wonderful aromas, the wines generally felt a bit… Continue reading

Sherry Shorts: Emilio Hidalgo’s Marvellous Quartet

Sherry Shorts is my series of brief posts that tends to throw up more questions than answers and today will be no different. There’s no such thing as an Emilio Hidalgo free month in my… Continue reading

Sherry Shorts: Books

So, you want to read about sherry? While there are a burgeoning number of blogs and websites dedicated to the subject that are worthy of your attention (check my blogroll links), there are now more than… Continue reading

Fortified Wines and The Blythes Of Fitzwilliam Square

A ledger reproduced in the book “Findlaters – The Story of a Dublin Merchant Family 1774 – 2001” by Alex Findlater offers a glimpse into the drinking habits of a well-off family in… Continue reading

Fascinated By Flor

I’ve become fascinated by flor. And I’m not the only one by the looks of things. While I’m not suggesting that the only rational explanation for the surge in popularity of sherry and… Continue reading