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.
Chiclana has an amazing new roundabout. It is on the road to Las Lagunas
opposite the inn “El Florin” and is dedicated to the local wine industry. It is
a clever structure which shows a venencia filling a copita and is even fitted
with a fountain and an anemometer to shut off the water if the wind is likely
to blow it about, as well as being illuminated. It was designed by the Chiclana
firm El Pincel.
(Foto: Voz Digital)
Gonzalez Byass has begun harvesting Sherry
grapes in their La
Canariera vineyard in the Pago Carrascal in what may be one of the earliest
vintages in history. The first grapes picked by both people and machines
arrived yesterday at the production plant “Las Copas” where the “pies de cuba”
or primary fermentations are now under way.
Grapes arriving at Las Copas (Foto:Diario Jerez)
the inland vineyards are always the first to be picked, but this year the
ripening has been very uneven due to variations in the weather. A prevailing
west wind, as happened throughout July, usually slows down the ripening and the
temperatures have never reached 40C, yet the grapes are ripe enough at 11 Beaume.
GB have been among the first to begin picking, and the grapes are in excellent
health. Due to the uneven ripening, the harvest will certainly go on till the 3rd
week of August, and will in all probability be finished by the start of
September. Barbadillo have their primary fermentations going already and expect
to start bringing in the bulk of the harvest tomorrow. Williams & Humbert
and Beam (Harveys) will be in full harvest from next Monday/Tuesday.