.
17 April 2014

Restaurants & Bars

Find and book great restaurants

Find a Restaurant

Venues & Events

Search for exciting venues and events

Find a Venue

Venue & Events Free Helpline

If you need advice or help finding venues or event suppliers, use our free helpline service.

.
Click here

Square Meal Selections

Register here for your Square Meal Guides

 
 

Wines for Autumn: Dry Oloroso Sherry

(menu)

There are plenty of rewarding tastes to try as the nights draw in. Expert taster Simon Woods offers his seasonal picks


Dry Oloroso Sherry
autumnwines - 066.jpg

Sherry has thankfully passed beyond the fuddy-duddy connotations of the past, but it has still to acquire a positive image to propel it back to the position it deserves – one of the world’s great wines. This is in some senses a tragedy, but it does mean there are some serious bargains to be had for wine lovers. And while it’s often advisable to tread carefully among supermarket own-labels, where sherry is concerned standards are generally high, especially if you move up from the base level.

TWO TO TRY:

 Waitrose Solera Jerezana (£7.99, Waitrose) is a gentle, just-off-dry wine from Lustau, one of the top names in sherry. It is fleshy and intense with a soft raisin and walnut tang – try it with rich fruitcake or hard cheese. Perfect Bonfire Night sipping, too.

Tesco 12-year-old Oloroso Sherry (£6.99/half litre, selected Tesco) is a richer yet drier style from another fine producer, Hidalgo. It offers intense nut, dried fruit and iodine notes, and a burnt sugar and raisin finish. Some may find it on the severe side, but for those who love aged dry sherry, this is a classic at a bargain price.

« Wine - Styles & regions made simple