Monday, December 7, 2009

Fino Sherry

Tio Pepe Fino Sherry

NV Gonzalez Byass Tio Pepe Palomino Fino Sherry, DO Jerez

I confess I barely have any experience with sherry. All the better reason to search them out and drink! A dry sherry, from a somewhat well-exposed producer.

There's a complete lack of fruit, but a compelling richness and warmth to the aroma. Romantic, no, to think of it as the chalky soil of Jerez? A beautiful, lithe texture to the wine, although flavours reminiscent of an herbal, nutty, dry white vermouth. Nearly undrinkable on its own. But with food, quite a revelation. Chilled as well. I drank this with, of all things, dumplings. I rolled out my own dumpling wraps, spent about 2 hours making everything - with a chili/vinegar/garlic dipping sauce, this wine was actually quite nice. Alcohol hidden nicely.

Who knows what food/wine combinations will work. I'm glad this worked. Although I'll be honest, I was in the mood to drink - to hell with pairings. Straight out of glass tumblers. I like to think that Spanish girls love men who know how to drink.

DF

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