Pio X 1903 from Gonzalez Byass: an ancient Moscatel

There’s something special about very old wines. While I was tasting through the Las Palmas sherries with Martin Skelton last week, I got a chance to try this remarkable wine, and alongside it as a comparison, the same wine that had been aged in bottle since 1919.

The Pio X hails from a single barrel of [...]

The new Las Palmas sherries from Gonzalez Byass

Popped into the cosy and wonderful Bar Pepito yesterday to try the new Las Palmas sherries from Gonzalez Byass, with Martin Skelton. This year’s selection, 2017, was made by Pedro Ballesteros MW. [You can read here about the year I was chosen to make the selection: it was a really interesting experience trying through lots [...]

A remarkable Sherry tasting

Last night I took part in a Sherry tweet up with six amazing wines. All the participants had been sent samples to taste, and we hung out and discussed them. It was organized by Ruben of the excellent Sherry Notes. These are the wines: the notes speak for themselves.

Bodegas Yuste La Kika Manzanilla Pasada
Around 10 years [...]

Some interesting, rare sherries from Gonzalez Byass

Tried these. Really lovely and rare.

Gonzalez Byass Añada 1987
This is a Palo Cortado, and it hasn’t been in a solera – instead, it’s made from casks from a single vintage that are set aside and then bottled when they are deemed ready. It has a super-complex nose of citrus, old wood and spice. The palate [...]

Drakes Tabanco: five course Sherry pairing menu

I love sherry. I also love Drakes Tabanco‘s food. The two together? Well, sherry isn’t always my first thought when food is concerned. So it was great to try Drakes’ new five course sherry pairing menu. With the exception of the Fino en Rama (from bottle) all the other sherries were from the casks at [...]

Equipo Navazos Fino En Rama

Regular readers will know that I have been quite a fan of Fino En Rama, ever since Gonzalez Byass reintroduced the concept a few years ago. Here’s the en rama 2015 edition from one of the most celebrated of all sherry producers, Equipo Navazos. It’s available in the UK from their agent, Alliance Wine.

Equipo Navazos Fino [...]

Tio Pepe Fino en Rama, sixth release, 2015

I remember first tasting the Tio Pepe Fino en rama. It was a great experience: an unfiltered, unclarified Fino sherry taken straight from the cask and bottled, just when the flor (the layer of yeast cells at the top of the wine in the barrel) is the thickest. This is in spring, and the thicker [...]

Alvaro Palacios, the Decanter man of the year

Ever since 1984, UK wine magazine Decanter have bestowed an accolade on a figure from the the world of wine, crowning them man of the year. The first recipient was Serge Hochar. The most recent, and a very popular choice, was Alvaro Palacios, who at the age of 50 (he’s 51 on Monday) is still [...]

How sherry is transferred from cask to cask

A short film showing the way that sherries are transferred from cask to cask in the solera/criadera system. This is biologically aged sherry (fino), so a special device is used so that the flor isn’t damaged when fresh wine is added. The fresh wine adds nutrients that helps maintain the flor layer in a healthy [...]

Writing up my sherry adventure, and a special plug for Bar Arturo

I have just written up the first two parts of a five part series on my sherry adventure in October, when I got to visit Jerez and helped blend the spectacular Las Palmas sherries for Gonzalez Byass. The remaining three parts will be up tomorrow.

I wanted to highlight a remarkable meal I had on this [...]