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.
wine, the vinegar produced in the Sherry zone is the best in the world.
Aromatic, varied and concentrated, it is highly sought after by top chefs. While sales of Sherry stagnate, those of
vinegar are rocketing – currently about 4,5million litres are sold annually.
Beyond merely fine vinegar, many are producing outstanding sauces based on reductions
of vinegar, must and PX.
condiment is made exclusively by the acetic fermentation of young Sherry wines
which give it its distinct personality. In the past, wines which became
excessively acetic were kept apart and allowed to age separately to avoid the
spread of the acetic acid bacteria to the rest. Solera age then concentrated them into
wonderfully rich vinegars. From the XIX century Sherry Vinegar became the
must-have vinegar and to avoid imitations a Denominación de Origen was
established in 1995. This DO is now linked to those of Sherry and Brandy de
Just some of the many brands available
no fewer than 59 bodegas, Sherry Vinegar is aged in the same criaderas and
soleras system as the wines and there are some very old soleras to be found.
There are two distinct types: those classified by age (Vinagre de Jerez,
Vinagre de Jerez Reserva and Vinagre de Jerez Gran Reserva, all from Palomino),
and those classified by the grape varieties (Moscatel and Pedro Ximénez).
Vinagre de Jerez: minimum 6 months and up to 2 years in solera
system, maximum 3%/vol alcohol, minimum 70g/l total acetic acid content.
Vinagre de Jerez Reserva: maximum alcohol content 3%/vol, minimum
age 2 years to 10 years, minimum total acetic acid 70g/l.
Vinagre de Jerez Gran Reserva: Minimum age over 10 years and minimum
acetic acid 80 g/l.
of bodegas produce vinegar, some are very much more specialised. Páez Morilla began
a vinegar solera in Jerez in 1910 and bought more over the years from the likes
of Williams & Humbert, Sandeman, O’Neale, González Byass, Alfonso Lacave,
Ruiz Tagle and Osborne. Antonio Páez Lobato, known as “el rey del vinagre” (the
vinegar king), has recently had a Jerez roundabout named after him. Top brands
are Reserva 25, Adelantado Gran Reserva and Doña Pepa sauces.
Antonio Paez Lobato "Rey del Vinagre" (foto:masjerez)
Yema is another vinegar specialist in El Puerto de Santa María, established in
the late 1990s by Fernando T de Terry and based on old soleras. Their best
known brands are Bota Vieja and Cepa Vieja. Excellent vinegars and sauces are also
made by El Majuelo in Jerez, a fourth generation family business which once