by salvador delclaux February 20, 2023 2 min read

Discover the different types of sherry: from the driest Fino to the sweet Pedro Ximénez

Everything you need to know about sherry: types and characteristics.

Fino, manzanilla, amontillado and more: the different types of sherry and their pairings

Sherry is a unique and distinctive Spanish wine produced in the Jerez de la Frontera region of Andalusia. It is characterized by having a wide variety of styles that range from the driest and lightest to the sweetest and darkest, each with its own characteristics that make them ideal for different dishes and occasions.

Fino, the driest and lightest wine from Jerez: perfect for appetizers and seafood

Among the different types of sherry , Fino is the driest and lightest , made from Palomino Fino grapes and through a flor process . The flor is a layer of yeast that forms on the surface of the wine and protects the wine from oxidation. The result is a fresh and crisp wine with notes of almond and green apple , perfect to accompany appetizers and seafood.

Amontillado, the sherry wine with a flavor of toasted nuts: perfect with meat and strong cheese

Amontillado , on the other hand, is produced through a combination of flor and oxidation . You start with a Fino , which is left to age in unfilled barrels for a longer period of time. Over time, the flower dies and the wine begins to oxidize, giving it its distinctive amber color and toasted nutty flavor. Amontillado is an excellent accompaniment to meat and strong cheese dishes.

Oloroso, the dark and rich wine of Sherry: ideal for desserts and blue cheeses

Oloroso is another type of sherry that is produced through complete oxidation, without flor . The result is a wine with a deep, dark and rich flavor with notes of caramel , nuts and raisins , perfect to accompany desserts and blue cheeses .

Palo Cortado, the rare and elegant wine from Jerez: perfect companion for meat and cured cheese

Palo Cortado is a rare and highly prized sherry wine . This is a fine wine that, for unknown reasons, has lost its grain and has begun to oxidize . The result is a wine with a complex and elegant flavor, with notes of nuts , spices and caramel , ideal to accompany meat dishes and cured cheeses.

Cream, the sweet and creamy sherry wine: pairs perfectly with desserts and strong cheeses

Cream, on the other hand, is a sweet and creamy type of sherry. It is made using a mixture of Oloroso and Pedro Ximénez wines, which gives it its characteristic caramel and raisin flavor. It is perfect to accompany desserts and strong cheeses.

Pedro Ximénez, the sweet and dark wine from Jerez: the perfect complement to desserts and blue cheeses

Finally, Pedro Ximénez is a sweet, dark sherry wine, made exclusively from Pedro Ximénez grapes that have been dried in the sun for several days. The result is a wine with an intense flavor of raisins, figs and caramel, ideal to accompany desserts and blue cheeses.

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