Jun
8

Jerez: The Soul of an Enigma – Part VI: Bodegas Jose Estevez S.A.

Staring down from an observation perch at an extremely large and fully industrialized bottling line places many things in perspective. Wine, in the majority of circumstances, is an industrial product.

May
29

Jerez: The Soul of an Enigma – Part V: Emilio Lustau

There is a tendency amongst Jerez’s sherry producers to craft wines in a broad array of styles, with most bodegas maintaining large portfolios of wines. Lustau has perhaps the broadest

May
24

Jerez: The Soul of an Enigma – Part IV: Bodegas Tradicion

Consolidation is now a by-word for Jerez. Depressed sales have driven countless bodegas out of profitability and into the clutches of corporate acquisitions. All the more rare it is, then,

May
14

Jerez: The Soul of an Enigma – Part III: Rey Fernando de Castilla

Authenticity: an elusive, impossible concept. And yet, a compelling one. Those who have spent any amount of time pursuing an interest to the point that it becomes a passion understand

May
8

Jerez: The Soul of an Enigma – Part II: Bodegas Williams & Humbert

The classical image of wine country is one of idyllic vines planted in serene and beautiful environments, and quaint winery buildings in which a passionate French guy offers you glass

Apr
29

Jerez: The Soul of an Enigma – Part I

The Imam calls for prayer, staccato syncopation, a glass of manzanilla – these are the pulses and memories of a land where Muslims, Christians and Jews once lived in harmony,