José Carlos Garrido Saborido
How long have you been working in Sherry and for how long have you been working at this Bodega?
I started out in 1991 working in the technical department of a large bodega in Jerez, and since 2008 I have been in Sanlúcar at Bodegas Argüeso.
What made you want to become a Sherry winemaker?
Since childhood when I sometimes used to accompany my father to the bodega where he worked as a chauffeur, and when we went inside it always seemed a magical place with all those butts piled in special positions, and above all the aroma of wine in the atmosphere which is locked in my memory.
What wine are you proudest of and why?
During my professional career I have made and looked after a multitude of wines, but of all of them I feel very proud of Manzanilla San León which won the 2017 Manzanilla Trophy at the International Wine Challenge in London. I believe it is an impressive biologically aged wine, both in its aroma and its impression on the palate, with its subtle yet powerful salinity and hints of mineral. It is really very complex.
What is your favourite Sherry and why?
I wouldn’t wish to underrate any kind of Sherry as they are all exceptional, but I would go for Amontillado since it has nuances of both biological and oxidative ageing giving it incredible aromatic complexity with a veritable explosion of flavours on the palate.
What is your favorite Sherry wine pairing?
There is a Sherry to match any dish as they are the most versatile wines in the world. I couldn’t possibly stick to just one pairing.
Sherry is so unique to other wines -- what Sherry fact do you find most interesting?
As I said before, it is a wine which can be paired with almost any dish you want, so one of the features which sets it apart is its sheer versatility. The various different types and ageing methods give it a huge range of organoleptic subtleties and exceptional complexity.
What plans for innovation and development do you have and where do you see the future for Sherry?
The Sherry region has always been a pioneer and innovator in many things while always maintaining the essence of the ageing system, so that is one of the great values of Sherry, bringing together the traditional winemaking methods of the region with innovation and installation of the latest technology in certain procedures.
I see the future of Sherry with great optimism since its characteristics are unique and there is no other like it. At last it is being appreciated by a new generation of consumers and I think it has a very interesting future.
What are your earliest memories of Sherry wines?
My earliest memories are of coming home from school. The streets were flanked by bodegas and I remember the aroma of wood and wine which enveloped the city, it is something which still remains in my memory.