Word of Sherry Day 20 – 26th May 2013

World Sherry Day

The first ever World Sherry Day takes place this month from 20th to 26th may – yes, that is six days – and will be marked by Sherry-fuelled celebrations across the globe. While I understand that not everyone shares my enthusiasm (this could be bettered only by an International Champagne month!) this will be a wonderful opportunity to reacquaint yourself with what are probably the most under-appreciated and best value wines on the market today.
Sherry dayThe whole Sherry making process is fairly involved but is notable for several steps – these are fortified wines, so grape spirit is added to the base wine to increase the alcohol content. Fino – the lighter, very dry styles are fortified to about 15%, allowing a layer of yeast called flor to protect the wine from oxidation as it ages. The Oloroso styles, which are fortified to a minimum of 17%, do not develop flor, and this accounts for the deeper, darker colour.
Probably the most important process is the Solera system, a method of continuously blending younger Sherries with older, reserve wines to produce a constant supply of non-vintage (multi –vintage) wines, not unlike a Champagne ‘House style’.
Fino sherry and the similar Manzanilla from the town of Sanlucar are the dry wines. Similar in appearance to a very pale white wine, and with aromas of fresh almonds and sometimes salty, briny notes. They are the perfect accompaniment to tapas, olives, salted almonds, calamari and much more. We suggest that you try one while you’re thinking about what to drink, and see where it goes….
Oloroso and the rest of the sweeter Sherries (cream, PX, Moscatel etc.) are varying shades of caramel, tawny and treacle, with a range of sweetness to match. Aromas are typically nutty- walnut, hazelnut – with fig, toffee, date, raisin and remarkably intense. Wonderful with nutty desserts, bitter chocolate and cheese. Or try this most simple of desserts- good quality vanilla ice-cream topped with a measure of Pedro Ximenez sherry. Perfect.

For more information about Sherry Day visit http://www.worldsherryday.com/


Wines for summer #002

Here goes 2 more additions to our list of wines for the summer 2013.


Domaine de la Provenquiére Syrah VdP d’Oc, Languedoc, France 2010

The beautiful little estate is situated right in the heart of the Languedoc, and produces wines from traditional grapes but in a modern, clean style. The Syrah is everything you could want from this grape and this region – packed with dark berry fruit on the nose, but bursting with savoury flavours on the palate- smoky, peppery and black olive. The natural acidity in the Syrah ensures a freshness on the finish.
Available by the glass €7.00 at all 3 ely restaurants. Bottle €28.00

Felines Jourdan

Domaine Felines Jourdan Picpoul de Pinet, Languedoc, France 2012

Picpoul is almost certainly going to be this summer’s ‘must drink’ white wine, and with good reason. Described by some (me) as this generations Muscadet, but in the best possible sense – Crisp, bone-dry, and lemon scented, there are also grapefruit and green apple touches on the palate. Perfect with almost all seafood and shellfish dishes, but goes down a treat as an aperitif too.

Available at all 3 ely restaurants only by the bottle @ €31.00

To make a reservation visit elywinebar.com

Wines for summer #001

Wines for summer – now that it’s officially here!

Vorgeschmack, Martin Arndorfer, Kamptal 2011Vorgeschmack, Martin Arndorfer, Kamptal 2011

This unconventional wine seems to break way too many rules – A Gruner Veltliner blended with barrel fermented Riesling ??? However, one taste will dispel and doubts. The 80:20 Gruner Riesling works brilliantly – the dry, vibrant and lightly spicy Gruner is lifted by the citrus and mineral Riesling. The tiny amount of oak is almost unnoticeable – it just adds a softness to the finish. Fresh, crisp and certainly different, this is practically summer in a glass!


Domaine Decelle-Villa Bourgogne Pinot Noir, Burgundy, France 2011

Domaine Decelle-Villa Bourgogne Pinot Noir, Burgundy, France 2011               

Two outstanding winemakers –one from the Rhone, one from Languedoc- took over this Domaine and the results have been remarkable. This is classic Burundian Pinot at its best – beautifully perfumed with red summer fruits – think fresh strawberry and cherry – matched to a wonderfully soft, silky texture. This will remind you why you love Pinot the most……

Check out our upcoming wine tastings at elywinebar.com

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