Without question, sweet wines are the most under rated and under drunk in the world of wine. Ok, I get the fact that the cheap and nasty ones are cheap and nasty, and they’ve maybe put quite a few people off in the past. But in the UK these days we’re lucky to have a huge range of top drawer sweet wines and fortified wines from all the way across the world. Be a shame to miss out this Christmas!
What is it with the winter? I literally have a 5 second commute from one end of my flat to the other to start work. It’s not exactly the toughest in the world, but I still really struggle to drag myself out of bed and get on with work. Trouble is that leads to the rest of the day slipping a bit, so once again last week I missed a day of blogging. D’oh!
Managed to skip a day last week as I’ve been over in Paris running a wine tasting night for 20h33. So I guess I’ve got a bit of catching up to do this week. But most of the days are pretty much pre written. Given that by Tuesday it’ll be December, I can start talking about things like Christmas wines without feeling too daft.
This verdict on Sherry Week has very little to do with tasting notes, and much more to do with the ramblings of my cricket team. We were together for a barbeque at the weekend, so I thought “all those people in one place? Be rude not to have a mass tasting!”
Sherry is a foody’s dream wine. It’s a bit weird though in that until you really get into Sherry, it’s nearly impossible to drink and enjoy without food. It’s not that it’s not nice stuff, it’s just that over the years we’ve got used to the idea of what we think a white wine (or a brown wine) should taste like. If you’ve spent your days drinking Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay then Sherry will smell and taste like nothing you’ve had before!!
There’s a line you hear quite a bit in wine marketing circles about Sherry’s big mistake. It let its drinkers die on them without replacing them. In the 1950s through to the 1980s it was one of the most popular drinks in the UK, and the UK has always been one of Sherry’s primary export markets. Now it’s struggling, so what happened?
Well sod it then. You can all feel a bit of my pain this week. I’m mad revising all about sherries and ports and all things fortified, so it’s all a bit too much like fate that this week’s letter was J!?! Jerez it is then!
In 2015 I got in touch with Waitrose and asked them if they’d consider being part of Please Bring Me My Wine. I wouldn’t normally have asked, but being an unpaid wine blogger and hoping to show people what’s on the supermarket shelves for them to try, you kind of have to ask for samples. Waitrose have been terrific and then they even invited me to their Spring and Summer tasting session. Not too bad, eh?