In the vineyards of Jerez and Sanlucar

I’ve just spent three days exploring Sherry – and working on a story about how the region is rediscovering its past, when Jerez and Sanlucar made vineyard-based wines. I’ve learned a great deal and met some inspiring people. For now, some pictures from the vineyards.

A profile showing what’s under the surface of Albariza

Gonzalez Byass Del Duque Amontillado VORS

Sherry is quite special, and drinking an old Amontillado seems entirely appropriate on the first day of 2019. [And this reminds me, I haven’t yet done a post of new year resolutions, predictions for 2019, or taken an introspective look at 2018 and its difficulties and triumphs, and that sort of thing. Maybe later.]

I found […]

A Sherry seminar: eight epic biologically aged Sherries

Yesterday I did a seminar on biological ageing and the importance of vineyard site in Sherry. It involved eight different, and rather beautifully aged biologically aged Sherries. These are sherries matured under a layer of yeast known as the flor, that sits on the surface of the wine in an incompletely filled barrel. Flor is […]

Valdespino Manzanilla Deliciosa En Rama 2018 bottling

This is the 2018 bottling of the Valdespino single vineyard Manzanilla Deliciosa En Rama. It’s from six casks of the Manzanilla Deliciosa Solera, which comes from the Pago de Miraflores vineyard in Sanlucar de Barrameda, and it is bottled ‘en rama’ straight from the cask.

Unusually for a sherry producer, Valdespino own 750 hectares of their own […]

Gonzalez Byass Tio Pepe Fino En Rama - 2018 release

I’m really enjoying this. It’s the latest release of the Tio Pepe Fino En Rama. Now produced every year, this is Fino sherry fresh from the cask, and it has amazing flavour and aroma. [Read more about it in the links below if you aren’t familiar with the style.]

Gonzalez Byass Tio Pepe Fino En Rama […]

Four nice wines at Scotch: Hermit Ram, Equipo Navazos, Bornard, Vajra

Four lovely wines enjoyed at Scotch Bar, Blenheim, the other night.

Equipo Navazos La Bota de Florpower NV Jerez, Spain
This is an unfortified flor-aged wine from the 2012 vintage. It’s really distinctive and lovely: tangy and bright with hints of cheese and some spicy salty notes. Weighty and mineral. Complex and nutty with lovely acid. 92/100

Philippe […]

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 […]