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Does Sherry go off?

The question, “Does Sherry go off?” is a common one among wine lovers, and it’s worth addressing here. Sherry, perhaps the world’s best-known fortified wine, is also probably the most widely misunderstood. There are many styles of Sherry, and different styles have different characteristics. From sweet to dry, dark to clear and cheap to very, […]

Forget the Waitrose Sherry: 3 Jerez wines you need to try

You might have a bottle of Waitrose Sherry tucked away in a cupboard somewhere. Maybe you serve it to your grandmother at Christmas, or you splash a little on your midweek stir fry. Perhaps you even drink it. While there’s nothing explicitly wrong with Waitrose Sherry or other supermarket own-brand fortified wines, we’ve got good […]

Tio Pepe Shows Sherry’s Savoury Side

Tio Pepe is a great sherry producer. They have a wonderful range, and are producing some exceptional wines from their base in Jerez, Spain. Yet unlike Harvey’s or Crofts, they’re more well known for their savoury wines. That’s great if you prefer salted almonds to trifle, as savoury sherry can make salty, savoury, umami flavours […]

How Do They Make Pedro Jimenez So Darned Delicious?

Pedro Jimenez is like drinking a liquidised sticky toffee pudding. It’s that good, but unlike a chocolate bar, it has no added sugar. It’s just made from grapes like any other wine. So how on Earth do they make such a flavourful, delicious wine that feels like bungee jumping on your tongue into a vat […]

Can you still buy sack wine?

“Sack wine” is one of those funny old wine terms that pops up now and again, and is largely misunderstood. The history of sack wine goes back to somewhere around the 1500s, and the phrase pops up in history books and import/export documents alike. Sack wine in the classical sense is no longer available, though. […]

How Long Does Sherry Last If Not Drunk Immediately?

How long does sherry last if not drunk immediately? … What a curious question. It suggests that there are actually real people out there who don’t drink sherry until it’s gone whenever it’s available. Oh well – such a person might theoretically exist. This article is for anyone who wonders how long their sherry will keep […]

Understanding medium dry Sherry and other fortified wine terms

Fortified wines are often a little tricky to understand. Labels are complicated and often bear unfamiliar, foreign-language terms that mean little to the average consumer: Just what is “medium dry Sherry”, for example? There are complex methods of production including highly specialised ageing and maturation. Store shelves have historically been dominated by large brands, such […]

Five Kinds of Sherry for Five Different People

There really is a sherry out there for everyone. You just need to find the style that suits you best, and the occasions in your life. Once you do, a whole world of delicious flavours opens up. So, here’s the profile of five modern sherries for five modern lives, who you might recognise yourself in.