These Are The Best Spanish Sherries To Enjoy During The Winter Months

A glass of sweet, rich, and full-bodied sherry is traditionally seen as a summer dish in Spain whilst in other parts of the world (particularly in the UK) sherry is the chosen tipple of grandmothers at Christmas. Sherry is an incredibly famous Spanish drink.

Sherry is a rich fortified wine and it is traditionally produced in Spain’s Andalucia region. Sherry is fortified, aged, and blended to give it a unique and flavourful taste. The majority of Spanish sherry's are produced in what is known as the “sherry triangle” which is created by the 3 points of the cities of Jerez de la Frontera, Sanluncar de Barrameda and El Puerto de Santa Maria.

So what if you do want to enjoy a glass of sherry during the winter months? These are the best Spanish sherries to choose:

What Are The Best Winter Sherrys?

If you live in Spain then there isn’t really any need for a winter sherry: even the winter months are sunny and warm enough to enjoy rich and refreshing drinks in most of the country. Because most Spanish sherrys are served chilled they have a reputation as being the perfect aperatif for spring and summer. But if you live in a colder northern European country then that doesn’t mean you have to stop drinking sherry when the temperatures drop. These are our 4 favourite sherrys to drink during the winter months:

  • Amontillado Spanish-Style Sherry. This is a delicious, rich and dry sherry that is one of the best popular in the country. Amontillado has a subtle and delicate flavour pallette and a smooth taste that makes it incredibly easy to drink. It is dual aged and best served chilled. Don’t be surprised if not all Amontillado’s don’t look the same. This version ranges from pale topaz to amber in colour depending on how long it is aged. Some are aged for as long as 20 to 30 years making this an incredibly sough after sherry.
  • Palo Cortado Sherry. If you’re looking for something a little sweeter and available at a more accessible price tag the palo cortado sherry is a great pick. Despite being affordable this is described as an incredibly rare sherry. This is a delicious sherry that has been described as have an almost salted caramel flavour which makes it an ideal option for those with a sweet tooth.
  • Oloroso Sherry. Looking for a darker sherry? Then Oloroso is the choice for you. This is a nutty flavoured sherry and the taste has been described as being like grilled hazelnuts. This is a favourite amongst Spaniards and is often paired with substantial tapas or raciones such as beef stew. If you’re looking for a sherry to serve with or immediately after beef or game then this is a great option.
  • Cream Sherry. Cream sherry is so sweet that it could give you a toothache: but it is a tasty and attractive option for an after dinner drink, particularly in lieu of a dessert. It’s a matter of taste but many people prefer cream sherry to pedro ximénez which is the sweetest sherry on the market. It would be hard to emphasis just how sweet this drink is: it has about 400g residual sugar per litre, making it about three times as sweet as a cream. Make this a part of a dessert or pour it over ice cream for a delicious after dinner treat.

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