On a trip to London last week, I tried to get a feel for how consumers might see sherry. Just ordinary consumers,not the sorts who buy wines from expensive West End merchants.Of course, this exercise was totally unscientific. In between errands and meetings, I dropped into as many shops as […]
Located just off Plaza de la Reina in the Gothic section of the city of Valencia, snuggled within the tiny courtyard of La Plaza del Arzobispo sits Enopata – a two month old restaurant devoted exclusively to wine. On the first night of our three day trip to Valencia this […]
Initially, I thought I would be the only person bringing sherry to the EWBC 2008 invitational tasting, but once things got going, I was pleased to see that some Osborne Fino Quinta and the Manzanilla and Fino from Equipo Navazos (Nos 7 and 8 ) had made an appearance. The […]
Osborne is Spain’s most prestigious producer of wines and spirits. Headquartered in El Puerto de Santa María, Spain, in the famous brandy and sherry-producing region of Jerez. Osborne currently produces world-renowned brandy, sherry, port, fine regional wines and anise liqueur.
Founded in 1772, Osborne is one of the oldest firms of wine and spirit producers in Spain. The firm’s industrial and commercial activities were started by Thomas Osborne Mann, an Englishman. Upon Mann’s death, his sons, Thomas and John, inherited the business.
In 1896, Don Jose Ruiz-Berdejo began cultivating grape vines on his estate, Nuestra Senora de la Esperanza (Our Lady of Hope), located right outside of Jerez de la Frontera. Once the wine was made, Jose would store the barrels on his estate and later sell them to a large exporting company. By the 1950′s, Jose’s son-in-law, Don Emilio Lustau Ortega, offered a new more innovative vision for the Bodega. Foreseeing a strong and expansive future, Emilio moved the bodega to the ancient Santiago district in the heart of Jerez.
Sometimes the best time to write is when you least expect ideas to be born, and at 2am, I guarantee you that I had no intention of putting my fingers to the keyboard. However, life has a funny way of nudging you, and I felt it was my sworn duty […]
One of the oldest and most prestigious sherry producers in Spain, was founded by an Englishman, Thomas Osborne Mann. Bodegas Osborne is located in El Puerto de Santa María, in the province of Cádiz, in the heart of the wine growing region known as the “Sherry Triangle”, formed by the towns of Jerez de la Frontera, El Puerto de Santa María and Sanlúcar de Barrameda. A particular subzone of this famed area is known as “Jerez Superior,” so named for the esteemed “albarizas” found there, the white chalky soil ideal for growing sherry vines.
So by now most of you know that I am a fan of Sherry. I’m not afraid to admit it, but in fact, I revel in its meaning. This noble wine that has fallen off the wagon of wine popularity is in my opinion due for a comeback. With wine […]
Last weekend I had the fortune of visiting one of the most important wine regions in Spain, historically speaking that is. San Lúcar de Barrameda is located on the southern coast of Spain at the point where the river Guadalaquivir runs into the Atlantic Ocean. What makes this city so […]
According to Jancis Robinson’s “Guide to Wine Grapes“, Pedro Ximenez “… is capable of producing very ripe grapes and is by far the dominant grape for the sherry-like wines of [Montilla-Moriles->http://www.montilla-moriles.org/].” My experience, up until my moving to Spain, was that of watching a small bottle of PX linger on […]