By Kori ~ February 8th, 2011.
This weekâ€™s Wine Word of the Week is sherry.
Official definition from Jancis Robinsonâ€™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. â€˜Sherryâ€™ 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 restrictedâ€”at least within the European Unionâ€”to the produce of the Jerez DO. â€¦. 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.
Laymanâ€™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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