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Snooth User: Phred

Sherry - wanting to learn more

Posted by Phred, Apr 21, 2009.

Am looking to explore sherry as an "after dinner" alternative to port, etc. Have had a sherry "tasting" once and found it quite illuminating as to styles, etc - but know very little about them. Anyone have any ideas on "styles", suppliers, where to start, etc?? Thanks much

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Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Apr 21, 2009.

Hi phred,

Welcome to Snooth.

Sherry is a wonderfully complex wine with nuance and character that is hard to match. I have a bit of info but have reached out to a more knowledgeable friend who will hopefully appear shortly and his 2 cents!

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Reply by Philip James, Apr 21, 2009.

Great question - I know a little about Sherry, but its really an unbelievably complex product with a great number of different styles.

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Reply by Rodolphe Boulanger, Apr 21, 2009.

Phred, Sherry styles are a bit more diverse than port styles.

Finos, Manzanillas and even some dry Amontillados make great aperitif wines because they are bone dry.Some, richer Olorosos are also dry, but can also be enjoyed after dinner. Then there are the medium styles of sherry which are somewhat sweet. Some people enjoy these before dinner, while others drink them after. Finally, anything labelled cream is quite sweet indeed and is best "after dinner."

Since Sherry is one of the world's great wine values, these bottles are pretty cheap. Also, as you progress down the list, their shelf life (both opened and unopened) gets longer. I suggest you try a medium and a cream (you should be able to get both bottles for $25 or so) and find out what you like.

As an aside, my favorite after dinner alternative to port is madeira, but that's a whole other ball of wax.


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