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Sherry varieties suit festive times

A quick question -- what's the least known and least expensive of the world's great wines? The answer is Sherry. From bone dry to super sweet there's a Sherry for every occasion, especially Christmas.

Sherry is a fortified wine from Jerez, a magical city with 3,000 years history and tradition that's located in southwestern Spain.

In fact, the Jerez-Xeres-Sherry D.O. wine region is the southernmost wine region in Europe.

From the sun-baked white soils of the Sherry Triangle, a wine-growing area that is bordered by the three ancient city-towns of Jerez, Sanlucar and El Puerto, comes some of the world's most intriguing and distinctive wines.

Three years

The special solera system of aging wines of different vintages in American oak casks for a minimum of three years, and sometimes for over 100 years, results in wines that are truly unique in the world.

Whether you're a wine expert or beginner, you are sure to find something beautiful in a glass of Sherry.

Experts will appreciate the clarity, exuberant bouquet, intensity, complexity and long finish of good Sherry wines, while the beginner may just understand this is something new and delicious.

But why is Sherry perfect for Christmas? From the bone dry Manzanilla and Fino Sherries, to the rich deeply colored and flavored Oloroso to the off-sweet, sweet and super sweet progression of Medium, Cream and Pedro Ximenez Sherries, Sherry offers a solution for almost any occasion or food during the holiday season.

Whatever you do or how you celebrate, there's a Sherry for you. When you awake to find what Santa may have left for you under the Christmas tree, try a sweet Cream Sherry on the rocks with a slice of orange.

Whether you have been "naughty or nice" and Santa has left a bevy of gifts, or just a stocking full of coal, you'll still enjoy the drink's smooth creamy elegance. Before Christmas lunch or dinner try the quintessential aperitif, a dry Fino or Manzanilla.

These two golden yellow colored wines are the perfect way to stimulate your appetite and prepare you for the substantial meal to come.

When the roasted turkey or goose arrives I suggest a sophisticated Amontillado or robust Oloroso to augment and embellish your meal.

With dessert, there's no better way to savor holiday sweeties than with a glass of Moscatel or Pedro Ximenez Sherry.

These sweet, dark amber colored wines offer a combination of sweet fruit and a clean and refreshing finish. Many of the best still do not have importers in China, but in Shanghai you will find top producers like Lustau, Williams & Humbert, Gonzalas Byass and Domecq.

My personal favorites to help make Christmas memorable are Lustau Deluxe Cream Capataz Andres Solera Reserva cream to enjoy in the morning with a slice of orange. Then as your aperitif before lunch or dinner, Gonzalaz Byass, Tio Pepe Fino or Domecq La Ina Fino.

To enjoy your Christmas meal, the Williams & Humbert, Dry Sack Medium Dry and Gonzalez Byass, Solera 1847 Oloroso Dulce.

For dessert, I suggest the Domecq Pedro Ximenez Vina 25 or Lustau Pedro Ximenez San Emmillio Solera Reserva.


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