No voy a decir que era la primera vez que me tomaba un fino… pero está bien cercano a la realidad! La verdad que quedé gratamente sorprendida con estos de las Bodegas Emilio Hidalgo que además distan, y mucho, de los que estamos acostumbrados. Ya que este vino de Jerez es de mucha crianza; de 14 a 18 años…. Esta solera le confieren un perfil de gran vino, que representa y con creces el legado de esta bodega que comienza su actividad en la segunda mitad del siglo XIX.
I will not say it was the first time I was handed a fine ... but okay close to reality! The truth was pleasantly surprised with these Bodegas Emilio Hidalgo the further distance, and lots, of which we are accustomed. Since this sherry is very nurturing, of 14 to 18 years .... This solera give it a high profile wine, and amply represented the legacy of this winery that began operating in the second half of the nineteenth century.
|Fino La Panesa|
The tasting was at the Estudio de Ana, as always Freddy Salmerón, my favorite chef, delighted us with his dishes. The pairing was with four types of sherry. All from just one type of grape, the Palomino (which is not unique just to this area) What is specific is the characteristics that the native land, climate, rainfall, temperature and sunshine will contribute to this Palomino and that afterwards, thanks to the yeast and the biological ageing you can "drive" the wine to be as exquisite as the ones tasted .
|Amontillado Fino El Tresillo|
The sherries smell of apple and pear and in mouth it feels like chewing chalk, this due to the quality of the soil in which the Palomino grows in the area. Since it has few organoleptic characteristics, it´s the winemakers´ job to profile it. The sherry is also fortified strengthened with alcohol - this tradition is more than 300 years old. They covered the grape juice with alcohol to protect it, alcohol is the best antiseptic there is . Once this is done, the sherry evolves in the cellar and metabolises in the barrel.
el menu… y algunos de los platos
the menu…& some of the dishes
Brioche y jamón ibérico
marinade con/ paired with Fino La Panesa
Tosta de anchoas, setas y ajo blanco
Toast with anchovy, mushroom & white garlic
Chocolate blanco y queso azul-maridado con
White chocolate & blue cheese with
Oloroso seco Villapanés
Si se atreven, la próxima vez que salgan, pidan un fino (bueno) y dense la oportunidad de descubrir su versatilidad y de enamorarse de él.
If you are up for it, next time you go out, have a sherry (a good one) and give yourself the chance to discover it´s possibilities and fall in love with it.