Spanish sherry is glorious. I serve it to guests all the time. It is new to most people and they rave at the tasty discovery. It is a close second to port, but lighter and more appealing. I keep cases of it in the basement, which is a de facto wine cellar. I love to entertain and try to do things differently from most people, which includes a few culinary surprises. The sherry goes with so many dishes and you can also serve it as an aperitif or digestif after coffee. If you have goblets, the rich red color looks wonderful. The drinker will, according to the usual protocol, swirl it around and see if it has “legs.” This is the way the wine runs down the inside of the glass.
There are other Spanish wines, but sherry is my favorite. They make all kinds and perhaps you could say they are in competition with France and the US. Many wineries have sterling reputations and wine tastings are popular with tourists. Wine is all the rage these days and many countries produce it. But for me, those from the Iberian Peninsula are quality labels. A good wine shop in your neighborhood will certainly have some choices for you to try out. If you are a guest in my house, you automatically get a different wine each time. Sherry is served quite often and ends a meal with grace.
So, I never need ponder what wine to serve. I just go to the basement and into my wine refrigerator and pull a few bottles out. I uncork them and try a sip to be sure they have not gone bad. Whenever you serve wine, this is important. No one wants to be embarrassed. It can happen at any time, although it rarely does in my house. I buy carefully and choose what I know to be good years.
When we are sitting around the dining table drinking our sherry, I tell stories of Spain. People listen attentively and add their own if they have visited the country. I talk about the sights in Madrid such as the Prado museum of art and Toledo, an old city with many historic monuments. I talk about the restaurants and cafes that abound. I often make lists for travelers to this magic land. They send me postcards when they return and I get personal photos on Instagram and Facebook. It is all about sharing experiences.
Occasionally, I get tips on special values on Spanish wines. I rushed to the specified store and stock up to replenish my always dwindling inventory. You can’t entertain too often as far as I am concerned. The wines are reasonably priced and you can get a case at a discount. A rare wine is a real find and I wait in anticipation of such opportunities. A couple times a year I get lucky. So take advice from me and start looking for a wonderful wine experience.