By Kori ~ February 8th, 2011.
This week’s Wine Word of the Week is sherry.
Official definition from Jancis Robinson’s The Oxford Companion to Wine:
Sherry is a seriously undervalued but slowly reawakening fortified wine from the region around the city of Jerez de la Frontera in Andalucia, south west Spain. ‘Sherry’ was used as a generic term for a wide range of fortified wines made from white grapes, but in the mid 1990s the sherry trade successfully campaigned to have the name restricted—at least within the European Union—to the produce of the Jerez DO. …. Only three varieties are now authorized for new vineyards in Jerez: Palomino, Pedro Ximenez, and Muscat of Alexandria. Of these, Palomino is the most important and accounts for around 95 percent of the total vineyard area.
Layman’s terms from Kori:
Sherry is a fortified white wine, made primarily from the Palomino grape, which is produced according to a complex aging and fractional blending process.
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