Sherry in Spain is bone-dry & used as an aperitif or with a 1st
or 2nd course
anniversary of Ferdinand Magellan’s around the world voyage was celebrated in
2019.In 1519 Magellan set sail in a
fleet of five ships from southern Spain.King Carlos I of Spain financed most of the voyage in an attempt to
outmaneuver the Portuguese who had locked in the eastern route to spice-laden
In the course of
preparing for this 500th year celebration, historians uncovered a
200 page document detailing the supplies loaded on the fleet before it
sailed.This original manuscript lists
250 casks of Sherry (166,500 bottles).In
today’s dollars, the price would be approximately $80,000. Magellan spent more on Sherry than he did on
armaments to protect his men.
It’s no surprise that the
first wine to circumnavigate the globe was Sherry.One of the world’s oldest wines, Sherry has
been part of the world’s greatest empires and civilizations.Enjoyed by the Phoenicians (who brought the
original grapes for Sherry to Spain), and then by the Greeks, Romans, Moors,
Spanish and the British.During the
period when Magellan set sail, Sherry was one of the world’s most popular wines.
The town of Jerez is the capital of Sherry production
Sherry is also produced
in the south of Spain very near the area from which Magellan sailed, so this
may have also influenced why it was chosen.Since then laws were enacted in
the 1930’s to prevent Sherry from being made anywhere else but a small area
surrounding the city of Jerez (not far from the straits of Gibraltar).While many Americans associate Sherry with a
sweet wine, there is an entire portfolio of bone-dry Sherry.In fact, in Spain the most popular Sherry is
completely dry with no trace of sugar.
Wine-Knows will be
visiting the Sherry wine countryside this October on our tour to Seville (55
miles from Jerez), and Granada.There
are only four spaces remaining.Home to
the flamenco and mind-dazzling Moorish architecture, this part of southern Spain
is the most fascinating in all of the country.