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.
26.8.14 Vendimia; Huge Bunch of Grapes; Vuelta a Espana; Horseracing Sanlucar
The harvest is in full swing with over 25 million kilos of
grapes crushed already. The sugar readings in the grapes are averaging 11.7
Beaume. The crop will be smaller than last year, due to lack of rainfall, but
the quality is looking very good. Meanwhile, many Spanish people have been
heading off to France to help with the harvest as there is such a lack of
temporary jobs in Spain. 80% of the Sherry harvest is now performed by
machines. Once there were 20,000 pickers, now barely 5,000.
What 4.42 kilos of Palomino looks like (+Jerez)
Trebujena’s annual bunch of grapes competition has been won by Francisco Baez
Caro, whose bunch of Palomino grapes weighed in at 4.42 kilos. Winner of the
Pedro Ximenez was Manuel Gil Parra whose bunch weighed 3.97 kilos. The record
so far is last year’s bunch weighing 6.845 kilos, but last year’s grapes were
(foto diario bahia de cadiz)
The Vuelta a España is also underway, and no fewer than 96,000 people
were there in Jerez to watch the 12.6 kilometre timed event. The three
venencias in the fountain at the Plaza del Mamelon will remain there, along
with the stack of barrels, both of which were erected to form a departure point
for the race.
(foto voz digital)
In Sanlucar, the famous horse races are under
way at Las Piletas
beach, with much exciting racing to be seen by the thousands lining the beach.