Fortified Wines

All about Sherry cask whisky

Have you ever tasted a Sherry cask whisky? It is not always easy to find, but it's worth seeking out. It's becoming more and more popular in Scotland and Ireland, as well as further afield. Ageing whisky in wine barrels or other wooden vessels is just one of the techniques used by the world's top distilleries. Wineries in Bordeaux, California and elsewhere routinely sell their used barrels to be used in whisky production, and whisky producers love the new flavours and complexity that the vessels can bring. (more…)

By INVINIC, ago
Fortified Wines

Does Sherry go off?

The question, “Does Sherry go off?” is a common one among wine lovers, and it’s worth addressing here. Sherry, perhaps the world’s best-known fortified wine, is also probably the most widely misunderstood. There are many styles of Sherry, and different styles have different characteristics. From sweet to dry, dark to clear and cheap to very, very expensive, there’s a lot of choice and there is not just one type of Sherry. (more…)

By INVINIC, ago
Fortified Wines

Can you still buy sack wine?

“Sack wine” is one of those funny old wine terms that pops up now and again, and is largely misunderstood. The history of sack wine goes back to somewhere around the 1500s, and the phrase pops up in history books and import/export documents alike. Sack wine in the classical sense is no longer available, though. With the exception of Dry Sack Sherry and other specific wine brands with the word “sack” in their titles, sack wine is a thing of the past. (more…)

By INVINIC, ago
Pairing

3 foods to eat with dry Sherry

The fortified wines from the Jerez de la Frontera region of Spain, commonly known as Sherry, are often thought of as simply dessert wines. There is some truth to this, of course, but it runs the risk of oversimplifying and misunderstanding the whole Sherry category. It also risks missing out on some wonderful food and wine pairings for dry sherry. (more…)

By INVINIC, ago
Fortified Wines

Understanding medium dry Sherry and other fortified wine terms

Fortified wines are often a little tricky to understand. Labels are complicated and often bear unfamiliar, foreign-language terms that mean little to the average consumer: Just what is “medium dry Sherry”, for example? There are complex methods of production including highly specialised ageing and maturation. Store shelves have historically been dominated by large brands, such as Harveys Sherry. More premium wines can be difficult to find, or seem too expensive. It is difficult to know when and how to drink fortified wines because of their higher alcohol content. All of these reasons and more come together to prevent a lot of people from really diving into the category of fortified wines. (more…)

By INVINIC, ago
Sweet wines

3 Great styles of sweet Spanish wine that you must try

What do you know about sweet Spanish wine? For many wine lovers, their knowledge of sweet wine starts and finishes in France with Sauternes. Some may go a little further and mention Port wine in Portugal. These are great wines, unique and distinctive in their own right. But they only tell a little bit of the sweet wine story. For us, there may be nothing sweeter (no pun intended) than sweet Spanish wine, and so we’re here to bring you up to speed. (more…)

By INVINIC, ago
Did you know

Why you should really own some Port wine glasses

Do you own any Port wine glasses? Many people don’t, but we think you should. Wine glasses come in all shapes and sizes, and with good reason: Individual wines have distinctive aromas and characteristics, and certain glasses are better at highlighting these than others. Of course, some wine glasses are more common than others. Cava and other sparkling wines are best enjoyed from Champagne flute glasses, whose thin design preserves the freshness of the bubbles for longer. Bordeaux wine glasses are great for Bordeaux and other full-bodied red wines. Port wine glasses are not quite so common, but we’d like to see that change! (more…)

By INVINIC, ago
Fortified Wines

3 Reasons to drink more fortified wine

The world of wine is beautifully diverse. So diverse, in fact, that it’s virtually impossible to ever taste - let alone understand - everything. Master Sommeliers, Masters of Wine, and other diehard professionals spend their entire careers at it and may not come close. Where, then, does that leave the average wine lover? (more…)

By INVINIC, ago
Fortified Wines

6 Ideas for cooking with Bristol Cream Sherry

Most serious cooks use Sherry as a versatile ingredient in all sorts of dishes. A wide range of recipes call for a splash of Sherry here or there. Sherry, the common name for the fortified wines of Spain’s Jerez region, comes in a variety of styles from very dry to very sweet. It’s important to note that most recipes, when calling for Sherry, are referring to dry Sherry. Most, but not all. Sweeter styles, such as Bristol Cream Sherry and Pedro Ximénez, also have their place in cooking. (more…)

By INVINIC, ago

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