The sherry triangle around Jerez in the south west of Spain is framed by three Andalusian towns and produces several styles of sherry, all made from the palomino grape. But it’s the fortified fino and manzanilla that have caught our attention.
Fino is aged for a minimum of two years under a layer of flor yeast, while manzanilla begins life as a fino – but its birthplace must be from the region of Sanlucar de Barrameda, on the west coast.
So next time you bring out the salty almonds, anchovies and serrano ham, here are some super sherries to match them.
Unbeatable value is Morrisons Fino Sherry (£5, 75cl, Morrisons) with typical savoury flavours, a lovely yeasty tang and a crisp, fresh finish. A handy half bottle with a screwcap, Bodegas Gutierrez Colosia Fino Sherry (£8.49, 37.5cl, www.laithwaites.co.uk) displays a little more richness and complexity with nutty notes and dried fruits on the deep, savoury finish, while a manzanilla such as Barbadillo Solear Manzanilla (£4.75, 37.5cl, Waitrose) is achingly dry but just as delectable. Bright and brisk there’s a citrus fruit note .