Sherry is a fortified wine made from white grapes that are grown near the town of Jerez, Spain. Palomino is the dominant grape used for the dry sherries, and 90 per cent of the grapes grown for sherry are Palomino. The Palomino grape produces a bland and neutral table wine, but this neutrality that makes Palomino an ideal grape because it is so easily enhanced by the Sherry wine-making style. We consider Sherry to be one of the most underappreciated categories of wine in the world today. The value that today’s modern, meticulously crafted sherry represents is unquestionable and we urge anyone who has not recently tried this wine to have a second look. After fermentation is complete, sherry is fortified with brandy. Because the fortification takes place after fermentation, most sherries are initially dry, with any sweetness being added later. In contrast, port wine (for example) is fortified halfway through its fermentation, which stops the process so that not all of the sugar is turned into alcohol.

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