The types of sherry wines and how to combine them

Hello Cocinacas! Taking advantage of the Seville Fair in April and the fairs to be held in Andalusia in the coming months, we think you would like to know what types of Jerez wines they are. This will help you to enjoy the gastronomic experience lived in it even more, as these are the most popular wines.

Within our nutrition section we talk about the foods that are part of our daily life. Also about products that can help us eat healthy and perhaps they are not as well known, such as cane honey or molasses, as a substitute for sugar.

The wines are part of the gastronomy from a country and in the case of Spain, they acquire a special interest because they are the first producing country in the world. In case of sherry wines They are unique, but as we will see below, they each go perfectly with traditional and avant-garde dishes.

They are too exclusive wines because they only occur in the Jerez wine region, consisting of the cities of Jerez de la Frontera, SanlĂșcar de Barrameda and Puerto de Santa MarĂ­a (all in the province of CĂĄdiz). And the main difference with red or white wines is that they age through a unique method: criaderas and solera. This makes the minimum aging period each Jerez wine is 2 years old and can be over 20 and 30 years old.

Types of sherry wines

The six types of sherry wines

  • Camomile

It's kind of dry white wine the aging of which is carried out only in wineries in SanlĂșcar de Barrameda. Because they are located at the mouth of the river Guadalquivir, favorable weather conditions arise. It is made with Palomino grapes and ripens under a layer of yeast that it is called flower veil.

Chamomile is considered to be the queen of the sea because it is a perfect match for the small fish fried. This wine has some iodized and salty accents, so they harmonize with seafood like shrimps, the anchovies in vinegar, the rice with seafood and also with the mojama.

  • Good

It is also one dry white wine, which is made from the same grape as chamomile. It also ages under the flower veil and the aging takes place in American oak boots by the hearth and hatchery system. The wineries of Fino are located in Jerez de la Frontera and in Puerto de Santa MarĂ­a.

The star combination of Fino is Iberian ham, because both share salted tones. It is also a good ally of other sausages and Iberian sausages, anchovies and seafood.

  • Amontillado

It is a unique wine because it combines aging under the flower veil and when it disappears it is exposed to oxidation (hence the color between topaz and amber).

One of the dishes that will make you enjoy the amontillado the most is the mushroom risotto, as the hazelnut notes of the wine enhance the nutty flavor associated with the mushrooms. But it also adds personality to the dishes smoked and some vegetables like green asparagus or artichokes. Also for white meat such as chicken or blue fish.

  • Fragrant

It is a dry wine, with a tone between amber and mahogany that darkens with age. Since up to 17 ° alcohol is added, the flower veil and their upbringing is oxidativeThat is, it ages when exposed to oxygen.

Due to its aromatic complexity, it is recommended to use it with dishes that give it a great personality, such as oxtail and other stews. And also with salted cheesessuch as the Manchego, IdiazĂĄbal or the Zamorano.

  • Cream

It is a semi-sweet wine and its aging as a whole is oxidative. It is also known as Sweet smellingbecause it was made by mixing Oloroso with Pedro Ximénez.

The balanced sweetness is combined with soft cheese and nuts as snacks, the Foie gras and in Fruit Salad for dessert.

  • Peter Jimenez

Made with the grape of the same name, it is passed in the sun to obtain the must that one will have high concentration of sugars. The aging is oxidative only, which will increase the aromatic concentration.

Is the Sweet sherry par excellence, making it a dessert in itself. However, it goes very well with dark chocolate because of its bitterness; to the blue cheeses like cabrales or gorgonzola, and even vanilla ice cream.

We hope you found it interesting to learn more about the types of Jerez wines. Which do you like best and with which dish do you usually combine it? Tell us through the comments to give us new ideas.

We've already given you many, but we want to take the opportunity to create one special mention one of the dishes we like best and it is made with one of the sherry wines. This is our Iberian pig feather with Pedro Ximénez reduction and aged cheese. And this isn't the only one we've published with this wine, you can see them all in our meat recipes.

See you soon, Kitchen!

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