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Sherry

What is it about Sherry that holds a certain taboo? Rearing its lonely head around Christmas only to be put back on the dusty shelf once the festive period is over. It’s nonsense! We find that a good Sherry can help accommodate any situation, no matter what time of year.

For example, our Barbadillo Amontillado is a richly nutty sherry that has lingering elements of spice and fills you with a warm fuzzy feeling to help melt away that frostbitten heart and start you off right for the year ahead.

Of course it wouldn’t be England without a little bit of drizzle every now and then, but picture yourself being comforted by the sound of rain tapping at your window, feeling the warmth from inside your home and a glass of Barbadillo Pale Cream. A gently almond-y, freshly-baked-bread-dream, it’ll find you floating away on a little cloud of joy, as you gaze, unconcerned, at the rain-filled forecast.

But the defining thing about this country’s weather is that it is predictably unpredictable. Nobody ever knows whether to grab their mac or strip off entirely (woah there Nelly). So our next Sherry is the compromise – both caramel-driven and dry, toasty yet breezy, it is an utter joy and no fair-weather friend… We call it the happy medium and we think every British home should have one.

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  1. Barbadillo Pale Cream Fortified Wine Sherry

    Barbadillo Pale Cream Sherry

    £9.50

    £9.50

    With the light fluffiness of a cloud, combined with the delicate, mesmeric nuances of almonds and freshly baked baguettes, this is a little dream of a Sherry. Hints of coconut enter the gentle fray, from the American oak used in the Solera ageing casks.

    We're not trying to psychically drive you or anything (we've been watching too much pseudo-psychoanalytical TV, clearly), but were you to serve up a desert of homemade crème brülée, this would go really rather well.

  2. Gonzalez Byass 'Apostoles' Palo Cortado VORS 30 Year Old Solera NV

    Gonzalez Byass 'Apostoles' VORS 30 Year Old Solera NV

    £25.00

    £25.00

    If you're of a certain age you may remember a time when Cream Sherries ruled Britannia. You couldn't step into any licensed premises without seeing someone sipping a thick brown liquid out of a weird eggcup sized wine glass, sophisticated ay? If you're of a different age, that may have sounded like your Grandad regaling you with tales of wind-up televisions or whatever. Apostles is of the same idea as Cream Sherry, in that an aged sherry is lightly sweetened but that's really where the comparison end. A graceful Palo Cortado is blended with a powerful Pedro Ximenez and aged for more than 30 years. The wine is breath-taking, with concentrated dried fruit aromas combing with notes of caramel and mature wood. If wines like this keep coming over from Jerez, there's a good chance Sherry will conquer the UK once more.

  3. Gonzalez Byass Del Duque Amontillado Sherry 30 Year Old

    Gonzalez Byass Del Duque Amontillado Sherry 30 Year Old - Half Bottle 375ml

    £25.00

    £25.00

    Sometimes we really wonder how certain winemaking techniques were arrived at. Sherry making techniques in particular.

    After fortifying the wine to halt the alcoholic fermentation and keep it sweet (fair enough), someone must have then thought, 'what if we let it sit in a wooden tub for, maybe, five, no no... ten, sod it make that thirty years. Yup, then let's see what it tastes like then'.

    Well, these bonkers Andalusians, whoever they are, were obviously geniuses with much acumen, as this is precisely the way to produce moreish, almost umami-tasting Amontillado like this.

    The 30 years in American oak casks has transformed the humble Palomino grape into an unctuous, vanilla, cedar and fig-flavour bonanza of a Sherry. Three cheers for the vinous vanguard!

  4. Gonzalez Byass Vina AB Amontillado Seco

    Gonzalez Byass Vina AB Amontillado Seco Sherry

    £14.00

    £14.00

    Rather brilliantly, Antonio Flores, the Master Blender at Gonzales Byass since 1980, was conceived in the room above the Tio Pepe cellar in Jerez.

    A very young Amontillado that has experienced both biological and oxidative ageing. Dry on the palate and there are also hints of the oak with a salty finish.

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