The Basics of Sherry

I will always remember the first time I tried a Sherry. It was a glass of Manzanilla Solear from Barbadillo served during one of the first classes of my Sommelier diploma. The sensation of saltiness, the level of volume, the dryness and the depth of flavors were completely new to me. At that moment I understood what umami taste really meant and since then Sherry became one of my favorite wines. Continue reading “The Basics of Sherry”

La hora del Vermut!

Are you planning to visit Spain soon? If the answer is yes, la Hora del Vermut is an event you should be writing down in your agenda. It takes place in any local bar before lunch or dinner and consists in sharing with friends a glass, or two, of the Spanish aperitif par excellence, vermut. In a few words, a good excuse to meet with friends and prepare your stomach for a great meal. Continue reading “La hora del Vermut!”

Recipe | Gazpacho & Sherry

Summer is here and when organizing my weekly menus, gazpacho is always on my list. This cold, tomato based soup is originally from Andalucía, Spain and to prepare it you only need a blender, raw vegetables, Sherry vinegar and a very good olive oil. It doesn’t require any cooking, can be held in the fridge for several days and it’s very affordable. Continue reading “Recipe | Gazpacho & Sherry”

Tea & Wine | How are they related?

If we take a look at a cup of tea and a glass of wine it’s difficult to find similarities among them. For instance, they obviously taste different, one has alcohol while the other one doesn’t and they grow under very different conditions in different parts of the world. But as you immerse yourself into the world of tea you start to realize that they are also no opposites. Both wine and tea share the sense of place as the unifying factor. Continue reading “Tea & Wine | How are they related?”