Where Does Sherry Come From
Over the past month, we’ve taken a closer look at the origins of some of the world’s most popular liquors and just about anything else you will find at a
bar. Today, we’re taking a closer look at Sherry and Port, read on to find out more.
The first Sherries came from the Jerez town and area of Spain and were mostly exported to England. The English word 'Sherry' is, in fact, a corruption of
the town's Spanish name Jarez.
Types of Sherry
Fino - the dry Sherry, pale in color and a clear taste.
Amontillado - A Fino that has been aged. Amber in color. This name is often incorrectly used to label 'medium' Sherry.
Oloroso - Actually a dry sherry, with a darker golden color. Often sweetened for the commercial market.
Amoroso (Cream) - Sweet Oloroso Sherry.
Genuine Port refers strictly to the fortified wines produced in the valley around the Douro River in Spain and into Portugal. They 'originated' in the
early 1700's when this wine that had been fortified with grape spirit (brandy) began to be imported into England.
Types of Port
Tawney Port is the result of extended aging in Oak barrels where the color changes from the purple/red to tawny.
Vintage Port (as with wine) is port made from a specific grape and year vintage.
Ruby Port is made from a blend of young and old wines. The older wine provides the softness while the younger wine gives a fruitiness to the Port.
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