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.
New York fashion designer Kenneth Cole maintains that it is better to be
noticed for what you wear in your soul than what you wear on your body. Only
this way can one of his latest creations be understood: the New York Women’s
Sherry Dress, cut stylishly with touches of urban sophistication with a weave reminiscent
of fresh greenery and joy.
Kenneth Cole's Sherry Dress (foto:6pm.com)
historic link between women and wine is forged by adventurers who worked hard
and anonymously, by women who inherited bodegas and had the tenacity and
capability to survive in a masculine and hostile territory. Jerez is full of
examples from the past like la niña de la bomba, la reina del vinagre, Pilar
Aranda or more recently Pilar Pla.
Juan Pedro Simo and the researcher Jose Luis Jimenez have analysed the sudden appearance
of women managers, executives, oenologists, journalists, PR officers,
venenciadoras and vine growers showing the social advancement of wine. Fatima
Ruiz-Lassaletta, Paz Ivison, Victoria Gonzalez Gordon, Montse Molina, Maribel
Estevez, Reyes Gomez are the magnificent pearls of infinite examples who
reaffirm the pairing of women and wine.
this symbolic relationship began more than a century ago, according to the
studies of the historian Ana Maria Gomez
Diaz in her well researched “La Manzanilla: Historia y Cultura de las Bodegas
de Sanlucar”, which shows increasing feminisation since the XIX century. The
aesthetic representation of wine is associated with the qualities traditionally
associated with women such as paleness, delicacy, finesse and elegance. These
attributes and their figurative representation can be seen in the brands. In
1927 in Sanlucar there were seventy brands, and half of them had feminine
names, for example Manzanilla muy fina Pastora Imperio.
Wine is a sharing
world which transcends its mere business and organoleptic aspects. In Spain we
have needed to acclaim wine from multiple intellectual perspectives: musical,
poetic, cultural. The culture and the soul of wine are civilising processes
which make it great and which in the end produce sales, consumption and
development of the industry.
context we remember an initiative born in Madrid which arose as a romantic
necessity to evoke a love story: the Sherry Women. This desire to share inspired
Sara Peñas to get together a group of women fiends linked to Sherry in the
capital. Lovers of Sherry, these women see themselves as a round table with an
absolute passion for discovering and enjoying soleras, and have become a lobby
with the face of a woman. What began as a group of friends has grown to fifty
women whose sole aim is to promote Sherry through a healthy, open,
participative and modern network.
be surrounded by the sophisticated glamour of a wine shop in the Salamanca area
of Madrid, or be at a journalist’s keyboard writing about the spirit of the
Finos, or making the conscientious efforts of an oenologist, or be with the
most charming “foodie”. We just need a Sherry Woman with her influence,
conviction and passion to take on Manhattan, to spread the love of Sherry and
fill Fifth Avenue with Amontillados. Not since Shakespeare mentioned Sherry in
his works giving it a place in
international wine culture, has there been such an interesting and original idea,
born of love, which could give Sherry a future and poetry, as that of these
From an article in Diario Jerez by Jose Berasaluce Linares