The flavors of Fall are upon us. On that note, turkey, stuffing, and appetizers get all of the glory with wine pairings during Thanksgiving, but let’s remember the appetizers or dessert!! There are many options available, but I wanted to revisit Sherry, one of the most excellent wines of Spain with a great range of flavors to make a grand entrance and then a warm goodbye. Let me share with you after a brief introduction of Sherry, the iconic pairing that you didn’t know you need.
What is Sherry?
Sherry is a fortified wine made from white grapes grown near Jerez de la Frontera in Andalusia, Spain. The staple grape of Sherry is Palomino, but there are many styles. For instance, Manzanilla and Fino light versions resemble white table wines. On the other side, the darker and heavier versions have been allowed to oxidize as they age in barrels, such as Amontillado and Oloroso. Finally, the dessert wines are made from Pedro Ximénez or Moscatel grapes and sometimes blended with Palomino-based sherries.
How to celebrate International Sherry Week?
Every year, International Sherry Week is celebrated around the second week of November. This year is running from November 7 – 13, 2022. For the 9th year, International Sherry Week, the world’s largest celebration of Sherry Wines, will bring the delights of this fabulously versatile wine to homes, bars, restaurants, and wine stores across the US.
It’s the perfect excuse to get to know ‘Sherry better.
Wine Pairings with Sherry
Whether you’re planning to host Thanksgiving or any other fall gathering, some pairing suggestions will elevate your guests’ experience.
Sherry and Pie is a pair that works mainly for Thanksgiving dessert. But this year, let’s focus on the classics with a twist. Sherry and Cheese is a classic pairing that has to be tasted by any wine lover at some point, and sharing it with friends and family only makes the pairing more enjoyable. Manchego and Sherry have always been a classic, but let’s twist it by pairing Vermont Cheeses from Jasper Hill Farms with Gonzalez Byass Sherry.
I have tasted all these succulent pairings, and they allowed me to suggest a range of Sherries from Gonzalez Byass that pair well with Vermont Made Cheese!
1️⃣ Tío Pepe (Fino) + Whitney
2️⃣ Gonzalez Byass Viña AB (Amontillado) + Harbison
3️⃣ Harvey’s Bristol Cream Sherry + Little Hosmer
4️⃣ Gonzalez Byass Nectar + Bartley Hazen Blue
I hope you enjoy these Sherry and Cheese Pairings sometime soon, and mark that from your list of wine-lover wine pairings must try!