Alvear Amontillado – Surely that’s a Sherry

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.


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8 responses to “Alvear Amontillado – Surely that’s a Sherry

  • pdpace

    Thanks Travis, and I though Sherry was only for cooking. (No, I never dated her in high school either!) Surprisingly, it is quite difficult to find here. I’ll keep looking. Maybe the Italians are not that into it? Ciao ~~p

  • Travis Oke

    The Italians aren’t into it because the grappa cleans out an espresso cup so nicely

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  • Travis Oke

    Thanks Mike for summarizing for me and making a short story short.
    Edgar apparently knew the difference between a Sherry and an Amontillado – so did Fortunato, but not Luchesi

    The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe
    “and as for Luchesi, he cannot distinguish Sherry from Amontillado.”

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  • Ray Barnes

    I agree with the writer, it is a solid wine and good value for money. It would be easy i think to look at this wine on the shelf and dismiss it as a cheap knock off for real sherry. That would be a mistake. This particular style of fortified wine did originate in Montilla. It was given stronger fortification and moderately sweetened to prevent against spoilage during shipping – since it did not come from the sherry region. The style may not be very fashionable, and an astute wine lover should take advantage of it. It really is sublime with roasted almonds.

  • Paullett De Moura

    Would you pair this sherry with Hot and Sour Soup?
    I was thinking Cold Sake, German Riesling or best yet an Ontario Gewurtztaminer but someone suggested this sherry instead.

    I like the idea since I could use the the remainder of the bottle on my highly in demand Christmas Cakes. (I’m doing a tasting menu with a different drink per course the sips will be small so there will be lots of left overs)

    What are your thoughts?

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