Sherry Leads The Way in Forbes' 2015 List


Wine writers waxed fortified in a recent Forbes article titled “The 9 Best Wines and Spirits to Start Drinking in 2015”. 
Sherry topped the top-nine list, appearing three times by virtue of the opinions of Landmarc General Manager Vicotria Levin, wine writer Zachary Sussman, and New York mixologist Pamela Wiznitzer.
The wine, which originates in Andalusia, a southern region of Spain known for its rustic culinary culture, is becoming popular as a mixer in cocktails but has enough character to stand independent of the mixologist's wizardry.
“It has been making more appearances in craft cocktails recently, but it needs a chance to stand on its own,” Levin said. “This is an old-school traditional sipper that can start a meal, cleanse the palate after your pork belly, and finish the experience paired with dessert, poured over it or savored on its own.”
Levin spoke of several specific sherries in her review, lauding the selections with descriptions like “exciting example of how versatile Sherry can be,” “nutty, savory, bittersweet and elegant” and “exotic, almost spicy and mouth stunning.”
Wine writer Sussman detailed his affections for the Andalusian wine, saying his relationship with the fortified sipper is fanatical.
“I've been wrestling with a serious sherry addiction,” he said in the Forbes article. “I hope more customers will embrace it.”
Sussman said he appreciates how the wine is steeped in Andalusian culture, “the land of Flamenco and the poetry of Garcia Lorca.”
He recently has become interested in 'en rama' sherry, in which the wine is designed “to taste like wine poured directly from the cask.”
Mixologist Wiznitzer's recommendation of sherry also included amaro and vermouth.
The drinks are becoming popular with those who want drinks with flavor but without high alcohol percentages.
“I think people are really coming around to low proof spirits,” she said. “It's a return to flavor without the excessive punch of overproof intoxication.”
Sherry's prevalence on the Forbes list is indicative of the rise of fortified wines in general. A guide to sherry won a spot on a recent New York Times list for best wine books of 2014 and Portugal's port wines are taking wine lists by storm.
The Forbes list, however, included more than just Spanish quaffers.
Also included in the list were wines from Washington, wines from the country of Georgia, aged wines and Zinfandel.
New York restaurant Aureole's sommelier Morgan Harris predicted a “rebirth of Zinfandel as a major market force.”

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