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All about sherry
The history of sherry from Spain to the U.S.
Sherry was already popular during the times of the Greek and Roman Empires. Romans called sherry "Vinum Ceretensis" because it came from the city of Ceret, which many now know as Jerez, in Spain. The Spanish city kept producing sherry even during the Moorish domination when the Islamic religion prohibited drinking alcohol.
In the late 1500s, Sir Francis Drake seized a huge amount of sherry barrels from Spain and brought the fortified wine to England, where it soon became very popular. Even Shakespeare loved it and used to drink a lot of it with his friend Ben Johnson. It seems sherry may be a good creative-side brain food! In the 1970s, sherry gained popularity in the United States as well.
Flavor profile of this fortified wine
The area where true sherry fortified wine comes from includes cities like Jerez de la Frontera, El Puerto de Santa Maria and Sanlucar de Barrameda. These cities have climates with many weather variations. This creates unique grape varieties. Because the winemakers use many of these grape types for sherry, there are several varieties available of this delicious wine. There are four main sherry types, which differ from each other based on sweetness: dry, pale cream, medium and cream. Cream is the sweetest and dry has a subtle bitter taste.
What to eat with sherry
Like many dessert and fortified wines, sherry pairs well with plenty of foods. Enjoy a cream sherry with cheesecakes, pies and puddings, but it also tastes very good with blue cheese. Fino sherry varieties, which are dry, pair well with seafood, olives, anchovies and tomatoes. Oloroso sherry, which is dry and full-bodied, is a good choice to accompany meats and aged cheeses.
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