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Sherry Week 2020

International Sherry Week, 2-8 November 2020

International Sherry Week takes place between 2-8 November 2020. Time once again to celebrate Spain’s great gift to the world!

There are the floral delights of a chilled Manzanilla or Fino. Or try the nutty notes of an Amontillado and Oloroso. Add the umami flavours of Palo Cortado, or the sweet caramel of PX.

It’s an entire week to taste, discover and love them all, whether dry or sweet. Then, of course, continue to enjoy Sherry during the rest of the year too. There’s a style to suit every taste.

Sherry brings the party to your home!

Like many international events affected by the pandemic, the seventh Sherry Week has adapted to current circumstances. Consequently, many different events will be held online and on social media. It’s never been easier to join in because this year Sherry brings the party to your home!

There’s a variety of new virtual events: masterclasses, interviews, cooking classes, podcasts and even online tastings. There’ll be stuff at my house too. With something for everyone, you can find out more here.


Here are ten Sherries to get into

Most of these wines are widely available. Hence a single example of a UK stockist is given below.

Gonzales Byass, Tio Pepe Fino, En Rama, (full bottle) £15.50 The Wine Society

Valdespino, Inocente Fino, Macharnudo single estate, (half bottle) £11.99  Martinez

Emilio Lustau, Los Arcos, Amontillado, (full bottle) £18.99 Latitude, Leeds

Hidalgo, La Gitana Manzanilla, (50cl bottle) £8.00 Sainsbury’s

Hidalgo, Pastrana Manzanilla Pasada, (full bottle) £12.99  Waitrose

Fernando de Castilla, Antique Oloroso, (50 cl bottle) £29.99 Latitude, Leeds

Valdespino, Oloroso VOS 1842 Solera, (full bottle) £36.95  Lea & Sandeman

Gonzales Byass, Matusalem Oloroso Dulce Muy Viejo, 30 yo VORS, (half bottle ) £19.99 Waitrose

Valdespino, Palo Cortado CP Calle Ponche Viejo single vineyard, (full bottle) £30.99 Ministry of Drinks

Emilio Lustau, San Emilio Pedro Ximenez (PX) Solera Reserva, (half bottle) £12.00 Oddbins


You can download two pdf guides to food and sherry matching here:

Tapas and Sherry

Food with Sherry in Good Company

Just remember: if it swims – Fino and Manzanilla, If it runs – Oloroso, and if it flies – Amontillado and Palo Cortado.

Or here’s one of my delights: Fino Sherry and Marmite!

And please do read my introductions to Dry Sherry, here are links to two articles:

Dry Sherry part 1

Dry Sherry, part 2.


May the Flor be with you!

By the way, did you know there’s a special breed of Sherry Dog?


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