Outside of Spain, Sherry may well be the most misunderstood wine in the world. For many the name is likely to conjure up a memory of a sickly sweet dark liquid that grandma used to produce from the back of a cupboard at Christmas time. But nothing could be further from the truth, and although I had long known, having lived in Spain for many years, that a majority of Sherries are dry, and that a nice Fino or Manzanilla is just the thing to drink with your jamón or queso viejo, I have to admit that it was only recently that I started to get a feel for the deeper qualities of this versatile wine.
I have been to many organised tastings over the years but my true initiation into the mysteries of sherry took place on the first ever World Sherry Day, May 26th 2013. I’d been invited to a special event in Jerez but missed my train and so, rather than sulk about this, I decided to create my own impromptu Word Sherry Day event in Sevilla. What I experienced that day took me to a whole other level of appreciation for sherry and I decided that I wanted to share that experience with others. Since then I’ve prepared a similar itinerary with a few my own changes added, ensuring that the wine and food pairings are as perfect as they can be.
This is an Introduction to Sherry tour with Tapas. It will be a fun and informative evening (or afternoon) out. You won’t be bogged down with jargon, but you will learn about the basics of the sherry-making process while tasting 6-8 different wines as you visit three tapas bars that are well-known for having an excellent selection of sherries by the glass. Each wine will be paired with a specially selected tapa that will help you appreciate and enjoy the qualities of every glass of wine you try.
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