Sherry could well be the drink most easily associated with Christmas. For many modern British adults, there will have been at least one year in their childhood where Father Christmas was left a measure of sherry and a mince pie on 24th December. This sort of sherry food pairing, however, is a million miles away from the refined matching processes taking place in upmarket bars and restaurants across the UK now.
Not long after his own groundbreaking invention of penicillin, Alexander Fleming remarked, “If penicillin can cure those who are ill, Spanish sherry can bring the dead back to life.” And there are still many who would share Fleming’s sentiment when it comes to the Spanish fortified wine today. With the drier, finer varieties of the wine becoming increasingly popular in the UK, we take a look at where to go sherry tasting in London.
By EU law, sherry must be created within the ‘Sherry Triangle’, a small area in southern Spain. Yet the fortified wine has found itself an unlikely second home over the years, upon the rather less clement shores of Great Britain. Discover the story of sherry in the UK.
First shipped to England in 1340, sherry has embarked on a remarkable relationship with the country ever since.
Although in recent years remembered as the not-so-glamorous face of the 70s, the history of the fortified wine may just extend back a little further than you’d expect.
The very name ‘sherry’ is an anglicisation of the Spanish town of Jerez, from which the wine originates, which has been a centre of viniculture since the Phoenicians brought the process of wine-making to Spain a little over 3100 years ago.