Category Archive: Jerez / Sanlucar / Puerto / Montilla

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

My 2016 Wine Predictions

Almost as ubiquitous as the annual wine awards schtick peddled by wine writers are the predictions for the year ahead. Such pontifications rarely have any bearing on the actual course of events, but I do often… Continue reading

The Vine Inspiration Wine and Music Awards 2015

Wines of the Year, Food Oscars, Golden Pints, everyone is at it. For many hacks and bloggers it seems to be merely a thinly veiled exercise to publicly thank the PR folk who gazed upon them… Continue reading

Equipo Navazos Nights: La Bota de Fino No. 54

Something was confirmed for me both at the Great Sherry Tasting in London in September and my recent exploits in La Carboná, Jerez – Equipo Navazos are consistently releasing some of the most exciting… Continue reading

Equipo Navazos Nights: How Low Dare You Go?

For Equipo Navazos fans it’s a numbers game. And in the era of ‘Unicorn Wine’, where there’s a temptation to seek out all things rare, it seems to be a case of ‘the lower… Continue reading

Equipo Navazos Nights: La Bota de Amontillado No.49

In 2007 Gaspar Florido was purchased by Pedro Romero and some of the oldest sherries, which used to be marketed as ‘Jerez viejisimo‘ and absent of any other classification, were moved to the Pedro… Continue reading

Sherry Shorts: International Sherry Week in Ireland

The countdown is on! International Sherry Week runs from 2nd to 8th November, and Ireland is now thankfully on the events map. Stanley’s restaurant on St. Andrew’s St. is undoubtedly the hub for Dublin… Continue reading

Sherry Shorts: On Acidity, Salinity, Sapidity and Zing

A description of the acidity in sherry appears in many tasting notes. I’ve used it myself – Valdespino’s Manzanilla Deliciosa En Rama and Lustau’s La Ina fino come immediately to mind. But Palomino is… Continue reading

Sherry Shorts: Leaving Jerez

Friday 11th September 2015 My head is a bit scrambled. I’m writing this while on the train to Malaga, and even accounting for the inevitable tinge of sadness when leaving Jerez, I’ve never… Continue reading

A Visit To Bodegas Rey Fernando de Castilla

It’s been almost a year to the day since my visit to Fernando de Castilla. My delay in writing this post was not due to any indifference to the sherries – they are… Continue reading