Sherry for WPC Containers
Sherry is a fortified wine made from white grapes that are grown near the town of Jerez de la Frontera, Spain.
We took a wine tasting tour at the Bodegas Tradicion where produces fine sherry, aged to 30, 40 years. Our wine tour guide was very knowledgeable; she walked us through the wine process and explained its quality and history.
A 30-year-old sherry is about $59 euro ($78).
Unexpectedly, in a very old cellar, we had an opportunity to admire some major art works by the great masters of Spanish Art, from the 15 to 19th centuries. Below are the two tile drawings by Picasso:
- These wine barrels were made from American oak.
- Sherry has been produced since the 1600s in Spain.
- Fermentation: The Palomino grapes are harvested in early September, and pressed lightly to extract the must. The must from the first pressing, the primera yema, is used to produce Fino and Manzanilla and the must from the second pressing, the segunda yema will be used for Oloroso; the product of additional pressings is used for lesser wines, distillation and vinegar.
- Aging: The fortified wine is stored in 500-litre casks that are made of North American oak, which is less porous than French or Spanish oak. The casks, or butts, are filled five-sixths full, leaving “the space of two fists” empty at the top to allow flor to develop on top of the wine. More Wikipedia