Whoops!! Forgot to post one yesterday, so here’s a two for the price of one. Finishing up our International Sherry Week videos, we’ve got Episode 4 on the sweet sherries, and Episode 5 on the easiest Sherry Cocktail imaginable. Enjoy, and get drinking more sherry!!
Time for something big and brown for our International Sherry Week videos. I’m attacking some op drawer Oloroso, and Amelia’s grappling with her Darwinian failure; Amontillado. Keep watching for a top tip from Javier Hidalgo’s mum!
Moving swiftly along for International Sherry Week, myself and Amelia head to the lighter styles of sherry with a look at Fino and Manzanilla. Honestly, they’re so much much tastier than it sounds!! 🙂
As part of International Sherry Week (6th to the 13th November) I’ve got a few videos I’ve done with the wonderful Miss Amelia Singer all about Sherry for anyone getting into it for the first time. So here’s part one, a brief look at what Sherry is. Hopefully you’ll all rush out to the shops and get buying Andalusia’s finest after this 🙂
I’m in training at the minute to run the Marathon du Médoc. It’s a full marathon, so 42km, through the vineyards of the Médoc in Bordeaux. Slight twist is that it’s a wine marathon, with different châteaux along the route opening their doors to the runners to try their wines en route. They also kindly stick on food to keep you sustained on the way round, although foie gras and oysters isn’t what your typical top athlete boosts themselves with I guess!
I’ve seen my mum drinking white wine spritzers since I can remember. We like to take the mick and wind her up about the amount she drinks, but really she doesn’t drink much at all. And when she does drink, it’s usually a white wine spritzer. Not my number one choice, but seems to sort her out a treat!
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?