Wine & Travel

Snooth User: archie7683

Spanish Wine and Sherry

Posted by archie7683, Apr 28, 2009.

I may be traveling to Spain for (only) a week this fall, and I was hoping to get some info/recommendations of some wines I could be familiarizing myself with before I go. I would also like to try some Sherry as I've never had any! We will most likely be staying in Madrid and visiting the Andalucia region.

any recommendations of not-too-expensive wines that are characteristic of the terroir of these regions?? please let me know!


Reply by Philip James, Apr 29, 2009.

Archie - its not my specialist region, but Catavino ( is an excellent blog focussed on Spanish and Portuguese wines.

Ryan and Gabriella, who are the founders of Catavino, contribute a lot of great reviews to snooth. You can browse through them all here:

Reply by Hugo Sauaia, Apr 30, 2009.

Be careful about Sherries/Jerez, they´re ready to drink as soon as they´re corked, otherwise they lose freshness. It´s due to the way they´re made blending wine from several different years that have already suffered from oxidation. It´s actually a partially oxidated wine, but it´s also a great experience. You should really try it!

Reply by Philip James, Apr 30, 2009.

I thought they were fairly well oxidized, and as a result stood up very well to air...

Reply by Hugo Sauaia, Apr 30, 2009.

Philip, believe it or not. I learned it from watching to wine library, there is this episode with Jancis Robinson, she tastes a Jerez and talks about it. It will actually stand up very well to air because you can drink it even after several days, but it won´t be the same wine, pretty much like portos I guess. Try it yourself, the link is:
Nice talking to you!! byebye

Reply by archie7683, May 8, 2009.

thanks guys! i bought an $11 manzanilla to try, and it was too dry / salty for my taste. any recommendations for a sweet one?

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