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Sad misconceptions about sherry

Forget the brown paper bag, this is seriously good as an aperitif with tapas.
Forget the brown paper bag, this is seriously good as an aperitif with tapas. Contributed

SHERRY never springs to front of mind when talk turns to wine styles and varietals, and sadly sales here are minimal as a good drop is most rewarding.

Perhaps its purely ignorance: there are those who simply know nothing about it, others who link it to little old ladies in darkened sitting rooms, and others who think it the choice of those who drink from brown paper bags on park benches.

Sherry was in fact one of the first wines made here from vines brought out on the First Fleet, but because of trade agreements with Spain and the EU we can no longer call our home-grown product "sherry".

And one of our best local exponents today is Andrew Birks, who has just released a Birks Chip Dry Fino (Fino being Spanish for "fine") that in one word can best be described as fantastic.

Andrew was one-time chief fortified winemaker for Lindemans, later head of the Wine Science School at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, and has done stints as a guest winemaker and speaker in sherry's home country, Spain.

And so passionate is he about it, he even set up a solera (sherry-making cellar) under his home in Wagga, his wines going on to win multiple international awards.

His Birks Chip Dry Fino is a great drop to enjoy really cold as an aperitif with tapas such as olives, salted almonds, oysters and seafoods, and even mild cheeses.

He's made just 1000 375ml bottles at $25.

Get onto it quickly and order through Bidgeebong Wines (02) 6931 9955 or winery@bidgeebong.com.au.

 

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