Ask Sid: Sherry Service Temperatures?

February 22nd, 2017
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Ask Sid: Sherry Service Temperatures?
By Michal Osmenda from Brussels, Belgium (Degustation of Spanish sherry)
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Question: I really love Spanish sherries, the drier ’fino’ style which are nearly impossible to purchase around here. My question is what’s the best temperature to serve them?

Answer: Yes the service temperature can really affect the aromas or bouquet, flavours and alcohol delivery of sherry. Your favourite dry & lighter Fino style (and those delicate salty Manzanillas) should be best served the coldest in the 7-9 C range. Try softer nutty Amontillados and other medium sherry in the 9-11 C range. Sweeter fuller flavoured Olorosos and cream sherry prefer around 12 C. Those special sweetest Pedro Ximenez (“PX”) should be less chilled in the 13-14 C range. Despite this specific answer that should suit most consumers I nonetheless advise you to serve it at the temperature that you like the best. Enjoy. Remember the glass is also important and don’t use those old style very small glasses. Much prefer a tulip shaped white wine glass. Also make sure your Fino is fresh and not more than 12-18 months old maximum after bottling. The fresher the better!

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