Surely that’s a Sherry! No it isn’t and stop calling me Shirley – or Sherry (adapted from Leslie Nielson).
This “sherry” can’t be called that because it doesn’t come from the city of Jerez – which if you speak Spanish with a lispy Anadulacian accent sounds like the word sherry. This fortified wine comes from the city of Montilla – Amontillado meaning “in the style of Montilla” – it’s crazy but I’ve heard that the Spanish have a word for everything. So while it’s not technically a Sherry, that’s just a technicality.
Spain LCBO 112789 | 750 mL | $ 10.95
This nutty amontillado is medium bodied with a beautiful amber colour. There is no hint of the hot alcohol fumes that a fortified wine sometimes has – rather the aging in barrels gives it a smoky almost bourbon-like nose. Nutty, sticky dried fruit flavours. Seriously, how can anyone get through the winter without a small supply of dry Sherry? Buy some almonds, some olives, or better yet some almond stuffed olives (I didn’t just make up a mythical food – you can get them) and some serrano ham. Alton Brown would call that good eats.
Brother Kenn is Spain promises to take me to Montilla – surely he will this summer.