There’s no denying that sherry was popular during the mid-20th century, but you also have to admit that its reputation is a bit tarnished. However, it shouldn’t be. Cast all thoughts of dusty bottles of ‘British sherry’ on Nana’s shelf from your mind. Sherry is just the thing to make your festive parties go with a swing.
Sherry is only made in one particular area of Spain, the ‘sherry triangle’ between Jerez de la Frontera, El Puerto de Santa Maria and Sanlucar de Barrameda. The main types of sherry most of us are likely to come across are Fino and Manzanilla – both dry, with the latter having a salty tang as it’s made in the seaside town of Sanlucar – and oloroso, a warmer, darker drink. The varieties beloved of Nanas, such as cream and pale cream, are actually blended. Cream is a blend of oloroso and Pedro Ximénez (a naturally super-sweet wine). All this means there’s lots of variety, and even if you don’t like one sherry, you may well like another.
Don’t knock it till you’ve tried them all!