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Sherry fortified wine is an exciting and versatile drink to explore. Perfect with or without food, on ice or mixed in cocktails. Enjoy a dry sherry as an aperitif or choose a medium dry sherry, to go with meaty mains such as chicken or rabbit. Ranging to the indulgently sweet Pedro Ximénez for dessert – sherry has it all. It is a wonderful drink!

It is no wonder that sherry has taken off big time on the drinks scene. As a dining accompaniment it now stars on foodie tv shows and is used by top chefs in their menus. If you want something to complement your starters then bring out a bottle of dry sherry – perfect to sip with olives, nuts and cheesy nibbles. Serve it to your guests, well chilled, like a white wine, it really is indulgent!

We offer you the very finest range of Hidalgo sherry; a bodega based in Sanlúcar de Barrameda, the Andalusia region of Spain. Bodegas Hidalgo produces a variety of brands and types and its La Gitana Manzanilla, is a global favourite.

You will love the variety of styles which range from bone-dry to medium dry and sweet, all bursting with complex flavours.

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What does sherry taste like?

Sherry wines have distinct sensory characteristics which are unique in the world of wines; they range in colour and flavour from the pale, dry Amontillado, with its nutty profile to the rich and opulent      Pedro Ximénez, a sweet dessert wine     .The lightest and driest are fino and Manzanilla styles. In between you can lose yourself with an off-dry Oloroso, the salty freshness of a Manzanilla or the fruity aromas of cream varieties. In fact, there are ten basic styles and most of them are dry. These dry styles offer extensive gastronomic combinations and drinking pleasure; that is why world-renowned chefs are now incorporating sherry fortified wine in their menus.

Because of the variation in styles, the taste and aroma of each variety is different. The most common version of the wine is Fino which means ‘refined’ in Spanish. The Hidalgo fino sherry for example is one of the driest. Fino sherries have light, delicate tasting notes with herbs and lemon and a fresh bouquet. On the other hand, aged sherries like Oloroso and Amontillado share nutty undertones.

 

The perfect food pairing

Sherry is the ideal partner for a variety of dishes. Because it is a highly alcoholic wine, ranging from 15% ABV to a stronger 22% it is often enjoyed at the end or beginning of a meal, similar to port. Traditionally it is drunk alongside tapas or hors d’oeuvres.

 

However, because of its wonderful range of savoury and nutty aromas this versatile drink will complement appetisers, main courses and desserts. Choose a medium dry to sip with fishy starters or savoury pastries or pair a blended medium sweet with oriental spiced foods, blue cheeses or pate.

  • Amontillado – Accompanies soups, white meats, artichokes, asparagus, mushrooms, truffles and tuna.
  • Manzanilla – It is perfect when served chilled alongside Spanish tapas or paired with all seafood: mussels, prawns, sardines or sushi.
  • Oloroso – means fragrant. Typically a sherry wine for main courses with meat. Drink with red meats, game, casseroles and mature cheeses.
  • Cream -Pedro Ximénez: Sublime for drinking with desserts. Pair with vanilla ice cream, fruit, chocolate or Tiramisu.

 

Our sophisticated selection

Like other spirits, sherry can only be made within a specific region. Known as the Marco de Jerez or ‘Sherry Triangle’, it is made in three towns in Southern Spain — Jerez de la Frontera, Sanlúcar de Barrameda, and El Puerto de Santa Maria.

Fine Wines Direct offers you the finest range of Spanish sherries from the Hidalgo winery in Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Andalusia, whose origins can be traced back to the 18th century. This winery has received countless accolades from connoisseurs and top critics.The bodega produces a variety of brands and types from palomino grapes.

Hidalgo La Gitana Manzanilla is a best-selling dry sherry; classic in style. Famous for the slightly sea salty tang, Manzanilla is best served chilled and treated like a white wine. Its well defined acidity make it one of the freshest sherries available.

Hidalgo Amontillado Napoleon. Another dry sherry which has been allowed to oxidise slightly after the Flor has died away. Strong nutty characteristics, balanced acidity make this a perfect aperitif, drink slightly chilled for maximum enjoyment.

Hidalgo Oloroso Faraon A full bodied sherry, off-dry in style. Rich and inviting, this sherry has dark caramel and sticky figs on the nose and wonderful length on the finish.

Hidalgo Alameda. Hidalgo makes Alameda by blending the older and smoother Oloroso with a cream sherry made from Pedro Ximenez. A voluptuous treat that can be enjoyed as a perfect end to a meal.

Hidalgo Pedro Ximenez Triana. The Pedro Ximénez grapes are dried on straw mats before being fermented and fortified, after this they are aged under the solaria system like other sherries. The drying of the grapes intensifies the sugars and the result is an intensely sweet sherry wine.

 


Explore our sophisticated range of Hidalgo sherries and you will be delighted by the variety of flavours and styles. It is a delicious treat when served on its own but is also an integral part of many iconic cocktails too. Have you tried one yet?

A versatile drink with so many aromas, from apple and almond to caramel, sherry can bring out the best in seafood, pungent cheeses or sweet chocolate desserts. It is the perfect dinner party partner. So, crack open a bottle and bring out the tapas!

Order your sherry and wine directly from us and it will be delivered directly to your door. Next day delivery or click and collect from our Cardiff store. We deliver to both trade and private customers. For more information about our fine wines and services please email: enquiries@finewinesdirectuk.com

You may like to try some of our other superior Spanish wines from popular producers such as Marques de Caceres and Siglo.

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