Outside of Andalucía (and sometimes here too!), Sherry is quite possibly the most misunderstood wine in the world. For many the name is likely to conjure up a memory of a sweet dark liquid that granny used to produce from the back of a cupboard at Christmas time. But nothing could be further from the truth, and although I had long known, having lived in Spain for many years, that the majority of sherries are dry, and that a nice fino or manzanilla is just the thing to drink with your jamón or queso viejo, I have to admit that it was only a few years ago that I started to get a feel for the deeper qualities of this versatile wine.
I had been to many organized tastings over the years but my true initiation into the mysteries of sherry took place on the first ever World Sherry Day in May 2012. I’d been invited to a special event in Jerez but missed my train and so, rather than sulk about this, I decided to create my own impromptu World Sherry Day “event”. What I experienced that day took me to a whole other level of appreciation for sherry and I decided that I wanted to share that experience with others. So I embarked on my own personal sherry mission, visiting over 15 bodegas the following summer (and many more since then), after which I created this tour, ensuring that the wine and food pairings are as perfect as they can be.
In October 2015 I successfully completed the Sherry Educator course given annually by the Sherry Academy in Jerez, and I’m proud to say that I am now a Certified Sherry Educator.
My Sherry & Tapas pairing is a fun and informative evening (or afternoon) out that will introduce you to the wonderful world of sherry. You won’t be bogged down with jargon, but you will learn about the basics of the sherry-making process while tasting 7 different wines as you visit three tapas bars that are well-known for having an excellent selection of sherries by the glass. We’ll begin with “starter” tapas, move on to our “main course” and finish with dessert and cheese. Each wine will be paired with a specially selected tapa that will help you appreciate and enjoy the qualities of every glass of wine you try.
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The Sherry & Tapas Tours are available Tuesday – Saturday
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