10 Sherry Christmas Pairings

11 December 2022

Throw away those timid little glasses that come out once a year, and instead savour the delights of chilled Sherry in a good-sized wine glass.  From the driest to the sweetest styles, Sherry Wine can be so different and when paired with food offer such a heavenly experience.  We invite you to experiment with a different sherry style for every course, try some of our classic and innovative pairing recommendations this year and have a very #sherrychristmas. 


1. Smoked Salmon paired with Fino

Fino's dryness and salty finish perfectly pairs with smoked salmon and acts as the perfect starter to Christmas dinner.


2. Roasted butternut squash with cauliflower florets and Manchego

Wow your guests with this delicious side dish, with intense flavours, it matches perfectly with a Palo Cortado or Oloroso. Get the recipe


3. Oysters paired with Manzanilla

Manzanilla's character and origin is close to the sea, it pairs beautifully with the saltiness and acidity of oysters.


4. Roast Turkey paired with Amontillado

The dry nutty flavours of Amontillado compliment chicken and turkey whilst not overpowering the subtlety of the meat. 


5. Christmas Ham paired with Amontillado

If the glaze is really sweet try pairing instead with a chilled glass of Cream, you'll be surprised!  

Roasted Asparagus Salad Manzanilla

6. Roasted Asparagus Salad 

The naturally rich umami of the Manzanilla en Rama melds beautifully with the normally hard to pair green of the asparagus. The “brininess” of the Manzanilla highlights the saltiness of the ham and pecorino, while the Manzanilla in the Sabayon, and the acidity of the sherry vinaigrette tie it all together. Click here for the recipe


7. Roast Lamb paired with Oloroso 

If you opt for lamb or beef dishes this Christmas, pair with Oloroso, as its name suggests, is a wine with an enormous aromatic complexity. Due to its powerful personality it can be perfectly matched with even the most complex and sophisticated dishes such as roast lamb or beef. 


8. Sherry Trifle paired with Pale Cream 

As well as being the ideal candidate for a trifle, Cream Sherry makes a wonderful aperitif when served chilled, and is full-bodied and velvety in the mouth. Get the recipe


9. Strawberry Santas

These delicate holiday treats are great for brunch or as a light dessert pair with Pedro Ximénez or Cream. Click here for recipe.


10. Cheese board paired with Palo Cortado

Mature cheeses especially pair well with Palo Cortado, the complex fatty, nutty and roasted notes reinforce the nutty notes in the Palo Cortado.

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