I’ve been working away from home this week. Of course I miss the kids blah blah but there are serious upsides. Take yesterday. After work, I met a friend for a drink and a bite to eat at one of my favourite London restaurants, Barrafina (the new/old one on Dean Street in Soho). One of the only things you want to drink after tasting wine all day is either tea, a stiff G&T or (my favourite) a glass of bone dry sherry. So there I was, manzanilla in hand, when Andrew Scott walked past. You know, the priest from Fleabag. Reader, I felt blessed. Then we went (me and my friend that is, not me and Andrew Scott) to see the best play I’ve seen for years. Called Come From Away, it’s the story of what happened when planes diverted after the 9/11 attacks landed in Newfoundland. Honestly, it’s amazing. Go and see it if you can. Now, if you’ll excuse me I’m off to eat Turkish food in Shoreditch.
Current sherry in the rack: Hildago La Gitana Manzanilla
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One of the most famous manzanilla wines of all, this is a real classic. Made in the traditional sherry way, namely ageing wines in a ‘solera’ system where barrels of ageing wines are topped up with new wines. There they sit, ageing under a coating of ‘flor’, a unique sherry yeast beast that helps gives the wine its strangely delicious tangy, nutty flavour. And being manzanilla it’s also made near the sea, said to give it a salty twist. Basically, it’s one of the most palate-busting, refreshing drinks on the planet. Best served with tapas, obviously.
Sherry, the first thing people think of is the sweet drink served to your grandmother at Christmas but it’s not all about sweet. I find the drier styles the Fino’s & Manzanilla’s (served ice cold) brilliantly refreshing but I find people either love or hate them.
Very much an acquired taste, served with olives and almonds and Spanish jamon it’s a refreshing alternative and can be a great aperitif. The nutty salty flavour is not for everyone but I urge everyone to give it a go you may be pleasantly surprised.
The Gitana Manzanilla is fabulous.
Salud & drink well
Very good advice esp. the bit about olives and almonds! Thanks Dave.