From left: La Cigarrea (Manzanilla) $12.99, Sangre y Trabajadero (Oloroso)$19.99, LaGarrocha (Fino) $13.99
There's tremendous bullshit going on in today's world. I suppose that's associated with greed. My 'Old Man' said they're two kinds of people, "Takers & Givers." I'm guessing the people who make Sherry are "Givers." For now.
For 10 years or so, I've been telling anyone who'd listen about Sherry. I was researching American colonies in the 18th Century and hogsheads of Sherry, along with Madeira, came up over and over in the correspondence of the day. I like drinking history so I had to give them a try.
Chilled Manzanilla and Fino won out over the sweeter Sherry. Bone dry and iced down like beer, they are the salty Atlantic rushing over your lips and sliding up your tongue. If there is a woman who can kiss like the ocean -- I want to know her. Clean, bright, filled with the sun and simple. Olive's stuffed with lemon. Spanish sardines with lemon. Langosta with lemon. You feel it in the back of your mouth where it makes you pucker and smile.
Spring is a good time to try it. I'll admit, it's not for everyone...but for those in the know, it's cheap, plentiful and amazing. There's no better way to visit Spain or the 18th Century. Just bring the food, Manzanilla olives, Manchego cheese, Marcona almonds and sliced Jamon iberico. And look for the woman who can kiss like the sea.