The land of Sherry or Xéres or Jerez;vinos olé!!!

Here I am back after a most wonderful week in the corners of Spain down in the province of Cadiz, autonomous region of Andalucia, Kingdom of Spain. This is for real Chiclana de la Frontera ,and Jerez de la Frontera. Gorgeous.

The tourist office sites are here: http://www.turismojerez.com/index.php/tourist-routes/sherry-wine-and-brandy-de-jerez-routes

The sherry wines are made mostly from Palomino grapes in this part of the world for centuries, whites wines of Manzanilla and Fino ,and darker oxidize wines such as Oloroso and Amontillado, and dessert wines done from Moscatel and Pedro Ximenez. The word of Sherry is an English version of Xeres or Jerez. The area covers from Sanlùcar de Barrameda to Puerto de Santa Maria passing by Jerez de la Frontera.

The history here goes back to the Phoenicians to the year 1100 BC! but the distillation was born with the Moors in 711AD ,and from 1264 Under Spanish Kings the wines took on Europe and the rest of the world. The different styles as told above are

Fino (‘fine’ in Spanish) is the driest and palest of the traditional varieties of Sherry. The wine is aged in barrels under a cap of  yeast flour to prevent contact with the air. Manzanilla is an especially light variety of Fino Sherry made around the port of Sanlùcar de Barrameda. Manzanilla Pasada is a Manzanilla that has undergone extended aging or has been partially oxidised, giving a richer, nuttier flavour. Amontillado is a variety of Sherry that is first aged under flor but which is then exposed to oxygen, producing a sherry that is darker than a Fino but lighter than an Oloroso. Naturally dry, they are sometimes sold lightly to medium sweetened but these can no longer be labelled as Amontillado. Oloroso (‘scented’ in Spanish) is a variety of sherry aged oxidative for a longer time than a Fino or Amontillado, producing a darker and richer wine. With alcohol levels  between 18 and 20%, Olorosos are the most alcoholic sherries. Like Amontillado, naturally dry, they are often also sold in sweetened versions called Cream sherry. As with Amontillado “Sweet Oloroso”, “Rich Oloroso” and “Oloroso Dulce” are prohibited terms. Palo Cortado is a variety of Sherry that is initially aged like an Amontillado, typically for three or four years, but which subsequently develops a character closer to a Oloroso. This either happens by accident when the flor dies, or commonly the flor is killed by fortification or filtration. Jerez Dulce (Sweet Sherries) are made either by fermenting dried Pedro Ximénez (PX) or Moscatel grapes, which produces an intensely sweet dark brown or black wine, or by blending sweeter wines or grape must with a drier variety.  Cream is a type of sweet sherry first made in the 1860s by blending different sherries, usually including Oloroso and Pedro Ximénez.

For a further breakdown and official information on Sherry see the official site for the wine here ; http://www.sherry.org/

Here I visited the famous farm-house of Domecq at Finca Los Alburejos with Alvaro Domecq himself riding the horses; http://www.torrestrella.com/los-alburejos  ; and later went to Gonzalez Byass bodega for more wines and Tio Pepe!!! http://www.gonzalezbyass.com/en/

In both properties above had a sumptuous dinner in the bodega or picador arena in the wonderful Andalusian nights to remember forever.

And to do the reverse this time, I stayed at the wonderful Barcelo Sancti Petri Spa Resort at Chiclana de la Frontera. A wonderful pool and waterfall with jacuzzi and japanese style garden lake, disco Siddhartha with an Indian decoration and the Dublin Bay bar Irish Pub. Great amphitheater outdoors, and the buffet resto Almadraba,restaurante Atunante and Spa of course. Just a place not to leave but then again, you do not want to miss the wines!!  You can see it no need to tell you lol!  http://www.barcelo.com/BarceloHotels/en_US/hotels/spain/cadiz/hotel-barcelo-sancti-petri-spa-resort/general-description.aspx

And of course, I took off from Nantes to Jerez de la Frontera airport on a charter jet and then cercanias 1 train to Cadiz train station and bus to 020 to Chiclana ,taxi to the resort above. On the way back we took a taxi to airport at 98€ for four persons. Easy ride and great fun, now enjoy the photos. Until next month’s trips. http://www.nantes.aeroport.fr/  ; http://www.aena.es/csee/Satellite/Aeropuerto-Jerez/en/Home.html

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4 Comments to “The land of Sherry or Xéres or Jerez;vinos olé!!!”

  1. Thank you for all that info. I love sherry and really got into Manzanilla when I visited my sister and her husband in Fuengirola, Malaga, 15 years ago. They used to own a restaurant and were quite friendly with the Rep who used to provide them with La Guita and I was given a bottle to bring back home. I kept buying it for a few years afterwards and always asked for it at bars: a beautiful delicate drink and perfect for the hot weather. I’ve never been to Jerez, though. I’ll have to leave that trip till we retire in the south of Spain!!! Salud! 🙂

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    • thanks for stopping by was traveling again abroad Mexico and Florida USA. yes that area is wonderful and the brandy sherry superb. Cheers

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      • I was just saying to another fellow blogger about my trip to Florida and New Orleans in 1991: truly beautiful! Never been to Mexico, but whilst in New Orleans, we went on a paddle steamer down the Mississippi to the Golf of Mexico: that was a wonderful experience.

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      • ah there you go never been to Mississippi ::) heard the river casino and over to Tupelo is nice …. New Orléans yes with my parents when much younger.Cheers

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