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SHERRY

 

All about Sherry and why you should be drinking more of it!

It’s fitting that the American wine consumer gets the word “Sherry” from a mispronunciation of Jerez, the town where the fortified wine originates, because Sherry might be the most misunderstood, underappreciated alcoholic beverage on the planet. It is also one of the most expressive, versatile, and affordable luxury drinks ever vinified and PJ Wine is thrilled to have one of the best Sherry selections anywhere. We consider ourselves Sherry ambassadors, and we’re on a mission to bring Sherry into the mainstream.

So, what are the different types of Sherry?

Fino
Finos are bone dry and pale straw in color. They are lightly fortified to about 15.5% alcohol. Surprising to many, they are quintessentially fresh and fragile wines that must be drunk promptly to be at their best. Once open, a bottle is best consumed within 3 or 4 days. They should always be served chilled and are the ultimate thirst quenching aperitif with almonds, olives, seafood and fried hors d’oeuvres as well as with just about any salty appetizer you throw at them. They are also excellent with sushi and shellfish. Swirl your glass before every sip to release the delicate aromas.

Manzanilla
Manzanillas are a sub-category of Finos and also bone dry and pale straw in color. They are made in the same way as other Finos, except they are exclusively from the town of Sanlúcar de Barrameda. They share the same character as Finos, except they tend to be somewhat lighter in weight and more delicate with a distinctive hint of saltiness. As with other Finos, they should always be served chilled.

Amontillado
Amontillados are dry and clear amber colored, although some producers ship them off-dry for the American market. They start their lives as Finos but are given additional cask aging without flor, which adds wood, nut and caramel notes. They are dry, but intense and powerful. They feature a lively snap on the palate which makes them pair well with rich consommés, roasted chicken, pork or duck dishes, plus they are exceptional with foie gras. They also work well before meals with toasted nuts, cured meats, cheese and other rich appetizers.

Palo Cortado
Also dry and amber colored, this is the rarest style of sherry. It’s an aged Amontillado that acquires the rich toffee, butterscotch, smoke, milk chocolate, burnt orange and spicy notes of an Oloroso. Almost always blended dry or just off-dry, these are among the most subtle and complex vino de meditazione made anywhere in the world. They pair beautifully with aged cheese, toasted nuts as well as flan and crème brulée type desserts.

Oloroso
Olorosos are dry and range in color from amber to deep brown. They are fortified to about 17.5% and then wood aged without time under flor. They are darker and fuller-bodied and range from bone dry to off-dry, depending on the producer’s house style. These rich, nutty, toasty, smokey, caramel, butterscotch, toffee and milk chocolate character wines also show hints of dried fruit such as burnt orange, lemon peel and even caramelized banana. They are excellent after dinner wines and the best examples display extraordinary smoothness.

Amoroso / Oloroso Dulce
These are Olorosos in the off-dry to sweet range and are blended with small amounts of Pedro Ximenez to add sweetness. They are also from amber to a deep nut brown in color. The added sweetness rounds out the edges of the dryer styles and makes for a wonderful, mildly sweet dessert wine. These wines work in the same settings as Olorosos but with a sweeter character. Again, the level of sweetness depends on the producer’s house style.

Cream
Cream Sherries are Olorosos which have substantial amounts of sweet Pedro Ximenez wine added before aging. This adds raisin and fig notes to the nuttiness of Olorosos making for rich dessert wines to sip alone or match with creamy cheeses, ice cream and sweeter cakes and chocolate desserts. Traditionally Creams are amber to nut brown in color, but are also available in a "Pale Cream" style, similar to Finos in color. Creams are the best known style in the US.

 

So there you have it. Embark on your Sherry tonight by sampling one of our bottles from our vast selection. See below for all that we have to offer:

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Gonzalez Byass 'Tres Palmas' Fino Sherry NV - 95pts WA (500ml)

Gonzalez Byass 'Tres Palmas' Fino Sherry NV - 95pts WA (500ml)

$66.97

"The NV Fino Tres Palmas is pushing biological aging to the limit, with 10 years under flor, getting close to an Amontil...

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Gonzalez Byass' Cuatro Palmas' Amontillado Sherry - 97pts WA (500ml)

Gonzalez Byass' Cuatro Palmas' Amontillado Sherry - 97pts WA (500ml)

$99.97

"The NV Fino Cuatro Palmas, averaging 40 years of age is really an Amontillado, and a superb one. Bright amber-colored w...

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Rey Fernando de Castilla 'Antique' Amontillado Sherry NV - 92pts WA (500ml)

Rey Fernando de Castilla 'Antique' Amontillado Sherry NV - 92pts WA (500ml)

$39.97

"The NV Antique Amontillado is amber-colored and has a subtle nose of tobacco, some iodine, pollen, beeswax and hazelnut...

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Rey Fernando de Castilla 'Antique' Palo Cortado Sherry NV - 93pts WA (500ml)

Rey Fernando de Castilla 'Antique' Palo Cortado Sherry NV - 93pts WA (500ml)

$45.99

"The amber-colored NV Antique Palo Cortado has a clean, changing, lifted nose of white chocolate, orange marmalade, almo...

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Valdespino 'Cardenal' Palo Cortado VORS Shery - 99pts WA (750ml)

Valdespino 'Cardenal' Palo Cortado VORS Shery - 99pts WA (750ml)

$279.97

"The NV Palo Cortado Cardenal VORS, like the whole VORS collection from Valdespino is outstanding. It is fed from the so...

Andalucia

Alvear 'Pedro Ximenez de Anada' Montilla-Morilles 2008 - 93pts WA (375ml)

Alvear 'Pedro Ximenez de Anada' Montilla-Morilles 2008 - 93pts WA (375ml)

$19.99

"The much sweeter, honeyed, syrupy 2008 Pedro Ximenez de Anada exhibits a dark amber color along with notes of roasted n...

Andalucia

Alvear 'Solera 1927' Pedro Ximenez  Montilla-Moriles NV - 98pts WA (375ml)

Alvear 'Solera 1927' Pedro Ximenez Montilla-Moriles NV - 98pts WA (375ml)

$22.97

"The NV Pedro Ximenez Solera 1927 is non-vintage, but does have some 1927 material in it. This is totally dark brown/amb...

Andalucia

Barbadillo "Cuco" Jerez-Xeres-Sherry Oloroso NV (750ML)

Barbadillo "Cuco" Jerez-Xeres-Sherry Oloroso NV (750ML)

$33.97

Very harmonious. Full-bodied and noticeably sweet, with integrated chocolate and caramel, and a subtle balance. - WS90

Andalucia

Barbadillo 'Obispo Gascon'  Palo Cortado Sherry NV - 92pts WA (750ml)

Barbadillo 'Obispo Gascon' Palo Cortado Sherry NV - 92pts WA (750ml)

$35.97

"The NV Palo Cortado Obispo Gascon, produced from Palomino grapes averaging 20 years old, and shows the telltale nose of...

Andalucia

Bodegas Hidalgo Faraon Oloroso NV (500ML) - WA91

Bodegas Hidalgo Faraon Oloroso NV (500ML) - WA91

$17.97

The Faraon Oloroso is aromatic with aromas of hazelnuts, walnuts, and raisins and a broad, dry flavor profile. 91WA

Ant...

Andalucia

Cesar Florido 'Pena del Aguila' Palo Cortado Chipiona NV - 91pts WA (375ml)

Cesar Florido 'Pena del Aguila' Palo Cortado Chipiona NV - 91pts WA (375ml)

$65.97

"The NV Pena del Aguila Palo Cortado, produced from 25-year-old Palomino vines from albariza soils in pago Miraflores, h...

Andalucia

Dry Sack 'Medium Dry' Sweet Sherry NV (750ml)

Dry Sack 'Medium Dry' Sweet Sherry NV (750ml)

$14.97

"Plump and on the sweet side, with golden raisin, date, pear eau-de-vie and peach melba notes, backed by a light twinge ...

Andalucia

Emilio Lustau 'East India Solera' Cream Sherry - 96pts WA (750ml)

Emilio Lustau 'East India Solera' Cream Sherry - 96pts WA (750ml)

$24.99

"The dark amber-hued non-vintage East India Solera is essentially an old Oloroso blended with an old Pedro Ximenez, whic...

Andalucia

Emilio Lustau 'Emilin' Solera Reserva Moscatel NV - 96pts WA (750ml)

Emilio Lustau 'Emilin' Solera Reserva Moscatel NV - 96pts WA (750ml)

$26.99

"The non-vintage Moscatel Emilin Solera Reserva is the sweetest sherry in this group as well as the easiest to appreciat...

Andalucia

Emilio Lustau 'Peninsula' Palo Cortado Solera Reserve NV - 96pts WA (750ml)

Emilio Lustau 'Peninsula' Palo Cortado Solera Reserve NV - 96pts WA (750ml)

$22.99

"A mind-blowing sherry is the non-vintage Palo Cortado Peninsula Solera Reserva. Like all Lustau sherries except for the...

Andalucia

Emilio Lustau Palo Cortado VOS Sherry NV - 96pts WA (750ml)

Emilio Lustau Palo Cortado VOS Sherry NV - 96pts WA (750ml)

$90.97

"The non-vintage V.O.S. Palo Cortado is fragrant, expressive, and seamless. It offers notes of nuts, marmalade, figs, an...

Andalucia

Equipo Navazos 'Casa del Inca' Pedro Ximenez Montilla-Moriles (750ml)

Equipo Navazos 'Casa del Inca' Pedro Ximenez Montilla-Moriles (750ml)

$42.97

Equipo Navazos has released Pedro Ximénez Casa del Inca in vintages 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013. The ve...

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