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March 3, 2014updated 02 Nov 2022 12:09pm

Sherry and Food pairings

By The World of Fine Wine Team

1. Fino and Manzanilla “behave essentially as white wines (which they are), and they’re the most versatile of Sherries when it comes to food pairings” says Liem. Drinking well with nearly anything, dry Fino or Manzanilla are particularly well suited to “anything from the sea, cured things, fried things, spicy things.”

2. Oloroso is far more “full-bodied and rich, and functions more like a red wine” and works exceptionally well when pairing with grilled meats, game or hearty stews.

3. Amontillado and Palo Cortado – the more medium-bodied sherries – Liem recommends evaluating the style of each wine individually as the flavours can vary massively depending on biological or oxidative aging. He comments that “you might find an Amontillado that’s terrific with roast duck, for example, while another can be an illuminating pairing with oily fish such as mackerel or sardines.” It’s important to remember that, as with any wine, “weight and texture are as important as flavour when it comes to pairing with food.”

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