"Sherry remains a niche product in retail stores. That may be a chicken-and-egg issue, as low consumer demand discourages importers from expanding this category with new offerings. But an uptick in demand from sommeliers and cocktail crafters can help bring more labels to market. This week’s recommendations include two sherries from a label new to the U.S. market, through Grapes of Spain importers. The quality across the board is high (emphasis is ours), and we can expect these wines to be more widely available in weeks and months to come..."
Diez-Merito, Pemartin Amontillado
*** (Exceptional) Great Value
Jerez, Spain, $21
Rich and nutty, this lovely amontillado smells and tastes of smoked meat, roasted hazelnuts and wild herbs, all with a creamy texture that coats the mouth. Pair it with hearty dishes such as smoked duck. Alcohol by volume: 18 percent.
Diez-Merito, Victoria Manzanilla
** ½ (between Exceptional and Excellent) Great Value
Sanlucar de Barrameda, Spain, $14
Here’s a delicious wine for aperitifs or nibbles, such as marcona almonds and ham. Light gold in color, it boasts a salinity that seems to season the wine and perk up your palate. ABV: 15 percent.