International Sherry Week, 4-10 November 2019
International Sherry Week takes place between 4-10 November 2019. Let’s all celebrate Spain’s great gift to the world!
From the floral delights of a chilled Manzanilla or Fino to the nutty notes of an Amontillado and Oloroso. From the umami flavours of Palo Cortado to the sweet caramel of PX. This is the week to taste, discover and love them all, dry or sweet. Then, of course, drink them the rest of the year too.
As usual, there will be a multitude of events in more than 30 countries. That includes the UK, so look out for events being held all over the country, with further details here. Taking part in this celebration will be pubs, bars, restaurants, hotels, bodegas, universities, tabancos, and wine clubs.
Oh, and at my house too.
Here are ten Sherries to get into
Most of these are widely available, however, examples of UK stockists are given.
Gonzales Byass, Tio Pepe Fino, En Rama, (full bottle) £14.95 The Wine Society
Valdespino, Inocente Fino, single estate, (half bottle) £10.49 Martinez
Emilio Lustau, Los Arcos, Amontillado, (full bottle) £17.99 Latitude, Leeds
Hidalgo, La Gitana Manzanilla, (50cl bottle) £6.00 Sainsbury’s
Hidalgo, Pastrana Manzanilla Pasada, (full bottle) £11.95 Waitrose
Fernando de Castilla, Antique Oloroso, (50 cl bottle) £24.99 Waitrose
Valdespino, Oloroso VOS 1842 Solera, (half bottle) £21.25 Lea & Sandeman
Gonzales Byass, Matusalem Oloroso Dulce Muy Viejo, 30 yo VORS, (half bottle ) £20.04 Bon Coeur Fine Wines
Valdespino, Palo Cortado CP Calle Ponche Viejo single vineyard, (full bottle) £40.95 Drinkmonger
Emilio Lustau, San Emilio Pedro Ximenez (PX) Solera Reserva, (half bottle) £11.95 Uncorked
To get you in the mood, you can download the guides to food and sherry matching here:
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 if you want to read my introduction to Dry Sherry styles, here are links to two of my articles:
I’ll be doing my bit and tweeting using the Twitter hashtag #Sherrylover.
Until then, may the Flor be with you!
The 2020 edition is here.