Thursday 8 December 2016

Top Tapas' Tipples

Published 25/09/2016 | 02:30

1) Manzanilla
1) Manzanilla "Papirusa", Lustau 15pc
2) Fino En Rama, Tio Pepe, Gonzalez Byass 15pc
3) Amontillado Single Vineyard, Tio Diego, Valdespino 18pc
4) Amontillado del Duque, Gonzalez Byass, VORS 30 Years 21.5pc
5) Amontillado 12 Years Old, Don Zoilo, Williams & Humbert 19pc
6) Amontillado, Bodegas Tradicion VORS 30 Years 19.5pc
7) Amontillado Medium Dry, Barbadillo 17.5pc

Sherry is Spain's most famous fortified wine and the most versatile wine with tapas and strongly flavoured dishes.

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Fino and Manzanilla are always pale, ultra-dry and best consumed chilled within a couple of days of opening. Amontillado is an aged Fino, where the wine develops a rich hazelnut colour and character. The wines are mostly dry. Enjoy!

1) Manzanilla 'Papirusa', Lustau 15pc

Bracing with a refined salted almond character. Perfect chilled as an aperitif with salted cashews, olives, capers or anchovies.

€13/375ml in Dublin at Mitchell & Son; Redmond's; The Vintry; Whelehan Wines; On The Grapevine; La Touche Wines, Greystones; The Wine Centre, Kilkenny; and O'Brien's nationwide.

2) Fino En Rama, Tio Pepe, Gonzalez Byass 15pc

Bone dry and a salted cashews palate. Serve well-chilled with smoked salmon and scrambled eggs.

€18.99/75cl at winesoftheworld.ie

3) Amontillado Single Vineyard, Tio Diego, Valdespino 18pc

Dry and powerful weighty alcohol cut by hazelnut richness, combining flavour with finesse. Serve with turkey topped with chestnut stuffing.

€27.99/75cl in Dublin at Searson's; The Corkscrew; 64 Wine; The Wicklow Wine Company; and Manning's Emporium, Ballylickey.

4) Amontillado del Duque, Gonzalez Byass, VORS 30 Years 21.5pc

Exotic bouquet of burnt caramel and tobacco. Dry with deep layers of complex flavours - brazil nut, cedar woody notes and a subtle caramel finish. Serve with baked ham glazed with maple syrup.

€21/375ml at winesoftheworld.ie

5) Amontillado 12 Years Old, Don Zoilo, Williams & Humbert 19pc

Very dry with intensely salty nuts masking the alcohol and counterbalanced by mouth-watering citrus acidity. Loves a game paté.

€12.9/375ml at select off-licences nationwide and Redmond's, Ranelagh.

6) Amontillado, Bodegas Tradicion VORS 30 Years 19.5pc

Superb concentration of rich nuts and a very long, tangy, citrusy finish. This very old rare sherry averages 30 years maturation in barrel (less than €2.50 annual rent). An historic, contemplation sipping wine.

€72.99/75cl at Wines on the Green, Dawson Street, Dublin; and Celtic Whiskey Bar and Larder, New Street, Killarney.

7) Amontillado Medium Dry, Barbadillo 17.5pc

Medium-dry with roasted hazelnuts and a hint of salted caramel. Serve with a piquant risotto of pork, tomatoes, cumin and black olives.

€14.99?75cl in Dublin at Jus de Vine; Deveney's; JC's Swords; and Hole in the Wall, Dublin; O'Donovan's, Cork citywide; Ardkeen Stores, Waterford; and Joyce's, Knocknacarra.

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