Friday, September 28, 2018

International Sherry Week: Events At Taberna de Haro

What is one of the tastiest, most intriguing, and unique wines that you are probably not drinking? It is most likely Sherry, a fascinating fortified wine from a small region of southern Spain.

So, what will you do to celebrate International Sherry Week?

International Sherry Week, celebrating its 5th year, will be held from October 8 to October 14, 2018. This year, there will be about 2,500 Sherry events across the world, held in about 30 different countries. You can check out this Event listings to see which events are close to you. These events are intended to spread a passion for Sherry, to educate people about its wonders, and convert wine lovers into Sherry lovers as well.

As a long-term lover and fervent advocate of Sherry, I enjoy taking the opportunity, to spread my passion for this wine, to intrigue others to give it a try. Sherry remains a niche beverage in the U.S., and most of the Sherry imported into the U.S. is sweet. As such, many Americans have not encountered the myriad joys of dry Sherry. Even many wine lovers have little experience with dry Sherry. It is dry Sherry which is enjoyed the most in Spain, and there must be a very good reason for that fact. For more background and information about Sherry, check out my 40+ articles on All About Sherry.

Locally, one of the best places to celebrate Sherry Week is at one of several events being held at Taberna de Haro in Brookline. Chef/owner Deborah Hansen has a deep love for Sherry, and her restaurant has 60+ Sherries on their ever changing wine list. It has the best and largest Sherry list of any place in the Boston area and Deborah has some cool events planned for Sherry Week. If I weren't going to be in Portugal during Sherry Week, I definitely would be attending some of these events. 

Monday, October 8, from 5pm -10pm
Splash Me!: Enjoy a complimentary splash of sherry with your dinner on Monday to kick off International Sherry Week.
--Manzanilla La Guita Hijos de Rainera Perez Marin
--Manzanilla Fina Callejuela Callejuela
--Fino El Maestro Sierra El Maestro Sierra

Tuesday, October 9, from 7pm - 8:45pm
I Can Make You a Sherry Lover in 6 Glasses or Less: This tasting seminar is an introduction to the large and lovely world of sherry, a world that has captivated Deborah for 30 years. You’ll taste methodically through 6 styles of sherry, all from the formidable house of Valdespino, identifying their complex flavors, discussing how they differ from wine, how to pair them with food, when to drink them, and the variables that make them unique. For the curious and/or the casual drinker of sherry. Tasting includes tapas paired with each.
$50 Registration and pre-payment required. Call 617-277-8272, evenings
Sherries exclusively by Valdespino:
--Manzanilla Delicioso
--Fino Inocente
--Amontillado Tio Diego
--Palo Cortado Viejo CP
--Oloroso Don Gonzalo
--Pedro Ximénez El Candado

Wednesday, October 10, from 7pm - 8:45pm
Fino and her Finesse: Fino is often the favorite sherry. Easy to pronounce and simple to adore, fino also has several iterations you might not know about. In this tasting seminar, we’ll compare young finos with old. Hint: It’s all about the time under flor. You’ll taste fino en rama as well as finos with palmas, as well as tease out the differences between fino from Jerez de la Frontera vs. El Puerto de Santa Maria. A close-up in-tight look at fino, the golden child of Jerez.
$85 Registration and pre-payment required. Call 617-277-8272, evenings
--Fino Cruz del Mar, César Florido
--Fino Tradición 10 yr., Bodegas Tradición
--Fino La Jarana, Emilio Lustau
--Fino Puerto Fino, Emilio Lustau
--Fino en Rama, Saca July 2013 Equipo Navazos
--Fino Amontillado Tres Palmas, Gonzalez Byass

Thursday, October 11, from 5pm -10pm
Flight of Sherry Cocktails
Try 4 different mini-cocktails, all containing sherry in large or small proportions with a complimentary tapa. $25

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