I was honored to be profiled a few weeks ago on Tom Wark’s excellent blog, Fermentation. One of the questions he asked me was, “What is Heaven like?” Not having actually been there until today, I didn’t really know at the time.
But here at Vinobile in Jerez, I’ve found something deliciously close to paradise. The whole point of the show is that many of the greatest sweet wines from all over the world are available to taste, but even more compelling for me is that there’s an entire room completely devoted to sherry. It’s divided up by style, and just about everything you can possibly think of is being poured, from La Gitana Manzanilla to Tradicion Oloroso to Barbadillo Amontillado Reliquia. I must have tasted around 25 finos and 20 manzanillas this morning, before settling in to an equally grand tasting this afternoon of amontillado, palo cortado and oloroso VOS and VORS. Tomorrow I’m going back for more oloroso and old amontillado and palo cortado. If you’re a fan of sherry, it’s difficult to imagine a tasting any better than this.