1) When did you fall in love with Sherry?
Stephanie Schneider: I was first introduced to Sherry back when I worked at Gramercy Tavern with then beverage director Paul Grieco. I fell in LOVE with Sherry when I worked with Paul again at Hearth. That's when I fully realized the genius of Sherry wine. At Hearth I really got the proper education and understanding of the different styles.
2) Why do you love it?
SS: I love how you can find a style of Sherry that can be paired with every part of the meal. In the hospitality industry we are constantly asked to pair beverages with food, and I love to use Sherry to blow people's minds. It's an awesome way to provide the guest with something amazing and beyond what they were looking for. I go for the dryer styles of Sherry myself. I love the nutty characters, the oxidation, the brininess, the acid and the dryness.
3) What makes a Sherry cocktail special/different than other cocktails?
SS: There is a layer and a dimension that the Sherry adds - it's an elevated thing on your palette and in the nose.
4) Who is your favorite person to drink Sherry with?
SS: I love drinking it with everyone! Especially if I have introduced it to someone and then they have an "a ha!" moment with me and agree that it's the best shit ever.
5) What would your perfect Sherry night be?
SS: I would be in Jerez. Hopefully it would be hot. I'd be taking in the salty air. I'd be eating cheese, sardines, Iberico Jamon, and Morcilla. I would start with a Manzanilla and work myself up to some Olorosos (like I said, I tend towards drier and not sweet.) There would be live music and maybe some dancing!!
Get the recipe for Stephanie's favorite Sherry cocktail, Gone Fishin', here. Or head to Huckleberry Bar in Brooklyn and she can shake you up one herself!
01 July 2016