Many winemaking countries produce a sherry. But only Spain makes Sherry — with a capital S. It was in Andalusia, in the southern corner of Spain, that Sherry was born, evolving over centuries to become, by the early 1800s, the fortified wine we know today. And although its type is copied throughout the world, its inimitable character is found only in the original.
Sherry is made from three grapes — palomino, pedro ximénez and moscatel — in styles that range from crisp and dry to honeyed sweetness and in shades, from pale straw to dark mahogany. Unlike table wine, Sherry is fortified with alcohol after fermentation. And unlike table wines, Sherry does not carry a vintage date. Why? Because over a period of years, in a system called solera, a young Sherry is blended with a number of older Sherries while it slowly matures.
Although Sherry is made in dozens of variations, most fall within two basic styles — fino and oloroso.
Within the fino style, manzanilla is tangy and crisp, the driest, palest and most delicate of all Sherries. Fino, which is both the name of the style and the name of the classic within that style, is racy, refreshing and dry, although less austere than manzanilla. Amontillado is a longer-aged fino, deep amber, dry to medium dry, fuller, more complex and lightly nutty.
Sherries of the oloroso style tend to be fuller-bodied, darker and mellow with a pronounced nutty fragrance.
Palo cortado is a rich, textured wine that falls between amontillado and olosoro — elegant, mahogany-shaded with an aroma of hazelnuts.
Dessert and cream Sherries are dark, rich and lusciously sweet.
Which producer makes what style? Virtually every producer offers Sherry in every variation. In other words, all of them make everything. So choose from Pedro Domecq, Delgado Zuleto, Gonzalez Byass, Williams & Humbert, Emilio Lustau and Sanchez Romate, all prestigious, established brands.
Store Sherry in a cool, dim place. Chill dry Sherry. Enjoy oloroso and dessert Sherry at room temperature although, on a hot day, dessert Sherry takes well to an ice cube or two. Any way, any time, there is a Sherry to match the moment.
Airplane travel evokes a lot of emotions these days: excitement, anticipation, uncertainty and nervousness, just to name a few. But when you do take to the skies again, the giddiness of getting pampered at 35,000 feet can most certainly wash away the surrealness of the past year and a half — at least for the duration of a long- haul flight — as you sip Champagne and slip your feet into plush slippers. While some global airlines have paused or pushed back plans for upgrades and refreshes to their premium cabins, others have introduced exciting changes that await in your pod or lie-flat bed in first and business classes. What’s more, amenities like privacy screens, sliding suite doors and space to spread out all serve a dual purpose as methods to luxuriate in the air while keeping social distance. Here are some nice- ties to expect now and in the near future, from retrofitted seat configurations to updated décor to Michelin-starred meals:
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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Walker Hotel Tribeca is blushing pink with an exclusive offer benefitting the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Throughout the month, guests can book an all-pink guestroom, among additional amenities.
Since its prestige for attracting the world elite grew in the 1960s, Greece remains the go-to destination for glittering holidays. Each step of the journey is enrobed in luxury, from culinary traditions with the highest standard of execution and name-brand, high-end shopping to first-rate wellness locales and elite accommodations, like 5-star hotels, private villas and yachts.
Insight Vacations, Tourism Ireland and Tourism Northern Ireland are offering the chance to win a free trip to Ireland for two, valued at $6,000. Oct. 18–22, The Road to Ireland contest page will be updated daily with a new clue and question that contestants will need to answer for a chance to win a trip for two on Insight’s Country Roads of Ireland tour in 2022. Contestants have until 11:59 p.m. PST Oct. 29 to submit answers.