|How Do You Say "jerez"?||
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|What is "jerez"?||
‘Jerez’ is Spanish for ‘sherry’ (the English word comes from the name of the Spanish town Jerez de la Frontera). Sherry can only come from the so-called ‘Sherry Triangle’ in Spain, and it is protected by by DO laws.
What is sherry?
Sherry is a fortified wine, which means that grape spirits are added to wine after fermentation to slightly raise its alcoholic content. Sherry is matured in barrels called ‘butts’ which are deliberately never completely filled to allow the growth of a ‘flor‘ cap – this is a particular yeast that grows in a layer on the exposed surface of the wine.
The flor is finicky and will only grow on wines with an alcohol of around 15%, but it imparts the aromas and flavors which distinguish sherry, and give it character. (Vin Jaune made in the Jura is also made with flor).
What are the different kinds of sherry?:
If you look carefully, you will see that most of the names of the types of sherry end in ‘-o’. This is because ‘jerez’ is masculine noun!
Some useful things to know about sherry
Fino and Amontillado sherry make a good accompaniment to meals, particularly fish and chicken, in fact wherever you would pair the food with a dry, complex white wine, you can use one of these.
Sherry has an undeserved reputation for being the drink of choice for your grandmother, or spinster aunt. It is far more versatile and interesting than most people think, and is gaining in popularity. I suggest this article from Jancis Robinson for further inspiration.
The French word for ‘sherry’ is ‘xérès‘, and the Italian is the same as the English.
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