A blog and review on all things Sherry. It is about tasting, enjoyment and learning more about the World’s Finest Wine. "Sherry is a thoroughbred" as Javier Hidalgo rightly puts it. Included are the amazing local Brandies and the remarkably good table wines also produced in the province of Cádiz.
This small firm was Established in 1884 as Bodegas Sol in
the Plazuela neighbourhood of Jerez by Francisco Espinosa de los Monteros. This
area was where many gypsies lived, and was – and is – full of Flamenco. The bodega continues still in family hands. It
is run by Maria Jimenez Garcia (an Espinosa de los Monteros) and her son Telmo
Moreno along with their salesman Sebastian Iñigo Vera.
Telmo and Maria
Maria was one of the six children of Rafael Jimenez and
Maria Garcia Sanchez. Her father worked as an arrumbador (people who operate
the soleras) at Valdespino, and her mother applied labels to bottles and young
Maria took her father his lunch, which he would enjoy with a couple of glasses
of Sherry, and then go and crash his motor scooter.
She married a man called Telmo after seven years of courtship,
but was soon widowed. Later she got to know Aurelio Blanca Reyes, a hard-working
man from Algeciras with business acumen. He ran a transport business in the
Calle Circo, but soon got involved with running the family bodega. He had
learned his craft at Gonzalez Byass. After only three months of marriage however,
Aurelio died, leaving Maria a widow again, and this time with a son whom she
Maria was presented with a choice: sell the bodega and live
comfortably sacrificing all Aurelio’s hard work, or take over the running of
the bodega in his memory. She took over the bodega, about 20 years ago now,
despite worries about working in a very male-dominated industry with falling
sales, and knowing little about it. There was no alternative but to learn. Her
son Telmo was taught by a chemist from Bodegas Caballero and is her right hand.
Together they have kept the bodega going, and are now exploring export markets.
Solera La Perla
The small bodega is registered at the Consejo Regulador as
one which stores, ages and sells wine on the open market. It contains 500 butts
from which they produce a range of wines from which they bottle their star wine
Fino Perla along with PX, Moscatel, Oloroso and Cream. Soon they will also
bottle a range of Fino, Manzanilla, Amontillado, Medium and Vinegar.
Visits: Yes by
del Sol, 22-24, 11401 Jerez de la Frontera, Cadiz