Say Yes to Sherry With Shrimp Bisque, Pecan Pumpkin Pie

Pecan Pumpkin pie with sherry

With its inherent complexity and warm tones, sherry is an ideal pairing with fall festive flavors that run rich and sweet. Try recipes that call for dry sherry — and then pair a dry sherry like an Oloroso with the dish. Dessert pairings can challenge most wines but not so with a sweet sherry which can summon up enough gusto to go with very sweet desserts including pecan pie and offer enough spice to work with pumpkin or apple. Continue reading

Spanish Songs in Andalucía with Soup and Sherry: Oh My Corazón #WorldWineTravel

Tio Pepe Fino Sherry

I suspect that sherry is the most misunderstood and under-appreciated relationship to have in the wine world. I admit that it is not as easily accessible as some adult beverages. If most people know sherry at all it is for cooking or salads. But like the best relationships, its rich complexity rewards those willing to spend the time. 

This month the World Wine Travel group of wine writers moves to southern Spain, Andalucia, which brought to mind the first line of one of my favorite Clash songs “Spanish songs in Andalucía.” The lyrics, like sherry, testify to layers of history, and how they interact with each other over time, connecting past and present, and with those who come in contact with it. 

The rule of thumb for pairing sherry is: Continue reading

A Quest for Sherry: Part 1


Wine Predator Gwendolyn Alley in her grandfather’s cellar with a bottle of his sherry

Quite a few years ago, I was enjoying dinner with then California Poet Laureate Al Young ( at the home of his hosts, the Central Coast poet Glenna Luschei and her husband Bill. Bill found out I appreciated wine and he asked me

“So have you discovered sherry?”

Sherry? I thought to myself. Continue reading