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A Very Sherry Halloween!

Halloween was always a favorite holiday of mine growing up. I loved making my own costumes and strategically planning the Trick or Treat route with my friends. When I was deemed “too old” to participate in trick or treating, we turned to rock and roll costume parties and haunted hayrides. Having children of my own gave me a window of opportunity to once again make costumes, dress up and go trick or treating with them. It was fun while it lasted until it wasn’t cool anymore to be seen with “mom” on Halloween.

For those of you who still yearn to go trick or treating, why not arrange a few house stops with your 21+ age friends? Dress up; grab a trick or treat bag and exchange wine and spirits along with candy and make it a grownup version of Halloween!  I’ll be handing out bottles of sherry and special chocolate treats to pair with it.

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Sherry is a fortified wine produced in Andalucía, located in the southwest area of Spain. With over 40,000 hectares of vineyards in Andalucía, more than half of the wine produced here is in DO (denomination de origin) areas. Sherry can only be made from Palomino, Muscatel and Pedro Ximénez white grapes.

To learn about the terroir of Andalucía, how sherry is made and all the sherry styles available, please click here to go to a story on my website.

Harveys Bristol Cream DO Jerez Xérés
Cream Sherry is usually a blend of Oloroso, PX (Pedro Ximénez), or Moscatel styles, but can be made in a variety of styles. It is a semi-sweet wine that is aromatic, dark in color with classic notes of nuts and caramel.

 

This cream sherry is a blend of 80% Palomino and 20% Pedro Ximénez grapes. It is a unique combination of Fino, Amontillado, Oloroso and Pedro Ximénez styles of sherry that have been aged separately in the solera system, averaging seven years of aging. Harveys Bristol Cream is the only sherry made up of a blend of four different styles that exist.

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This sherry is dark amber with intoxicating aromas of dried fruit, raisins, nuts and toffee. The palate is layered with raisins, caramel, fig, toasted almonds and a creamy mouthfeel. This is a nice sherry to drink as an aperitif or serve with desserts, cheese and fruit. Pour it over ice cream or serve with ice and a twist of orange. It also goes well with pumpkin muffins! Serve well chilled.
Alcohol: 17.5%
SRP:  $20

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González Byass Alfonso Oloroso DO Jerez Xérés
Oloroso (‘scented’ in Spanish) intentionally never develops flor (yeast). Aging through oxidation of up to 40+ years produces a full-bodied, aromatic, dark and rich wine. Oloroso contains the most amount of alcohol in sherry, with levels of 18% to 20%.

This dry sherry is 100% Palomino Fino. The wine is fortified to 18% alcohol and then is aged for an average of eight years in American oak casks following the traditional solera system.

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Mahogany in color, this dry sherry exudes aromas of nuts and toffee. The palate offers dried figs, salted nuts, especially peanuts and traces of toffee and vanilla on the finish. Serve chilled. It will pair well with meats, stews, mild cheese and dark chocolate laden with nuts. Add a splash while cooking soup or sautéing seafood.
Alcohol:  18%
SRP:  $25

González Byass Nectar Dulce Pedro Ximénez DO Jerez Xérés
Pedro Ximénez (PX) is an intensely sweet wine and is the sweetest of the sherry styles. The grapes are dried in the sun allowing the juices to concentrate before pressing. This is a rich wine that oozes raisins, nuts and fig.

This sherry is 100% Pedro Ximénez. The wine is fortified to 15% alcohol and then enters the Nectar solera. It is followed by an average of eight years of aging in American oak casks.


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This dark brown colored sherry emanates intoxicating aromas of raisins, prune, fig and honey. The palate is rich and unctuous, with raisins, baking spice and toasted notes of caramel, toffee and espresso. A long finish is accompanied by a hint of nuts. Enjoy it chilled as a dessert wine on its own or poured over ice cream or berries. Heavenly!
Alcohol:  15%
SRP:  $25

The Red Chocolate bars are sinfully delicious, with up to 50% fewer calories and 30% to 40% less fat. They are made with cocoa from the Ivory Coast of Africa and no added sugar. I tried the chocolate with all three styles of sherry, and my palate was quite happy!

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Wishing you a safe, socially distanced and Happy Halloween!

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Until next time…

Cheers!

Penny

 

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