My sherry amour, lovely as a summer day…
Funny that it actually was a summer day when I stepped into Mockingbird Hill to taste a bit of sherry.
Mockingbird Hill is a new Sherry bar opened by the famous Derek Brown (of Passenger/Columbia Room fame). He opened this bar due to the love he and his wife share for Sherry (pun intended). They carry over 50 sherrys in this cute little Shaw neighborhood bar. Derek knows that people are pretty unfamiliar with sherry, or think it’s their grandmother’s drink. He and his wife hope to change that myth with Mockingbird Hill. And in that vein, every Tuesday at 5pm he’ll hold a free sherry class to educate the masses on the joys of sherry. Tuesday was the first class and of course, I was there.
Now I will admit I was hesitant to attend at first because with all the buzz about this new bar, I didn’t want to be crowded. Selfish I know, cuz I know Derek wouldn’t necessarily mind if we were standing on top of each other. But alas, I was worried for naught. I was actually one of the first people there, like before the doors opened. Derek opened the door and welcomed us in like we were walking into his home. Since the class starts at 5 and the bar opens at 5, we waited til about 5:12 to start in case of any stragglers. There were some anyway ;-) No worries, there was plenty of sherry to go around.
Some Sherry Basics
Pale yellow in color. Oyster shells and chamomile on the palate. Also a bit salty. Paired with olives, this sherry came alive! Also great with seafood.
Golden brown in color. Tastes of caramel and wood oils with a nutty finish. I ate olives with this too and enjoyed it. This actually ended up being my favorite of the entire tasting.
If flor doesn’t naturally develop in sherry, it’s fortified to 18-20% alcohol so it absolutely won’t develop. And that gives you Oloroso sherry.
Golden brown in color. Sweet and thick, almost like syrup. Rich flavors of honey, caramel, dates and figs on the palate. Paired with walnuts, the sherry didn’t seem as thick and heavy but still sweet. Then they brought out raspberries to try with the sherry as well. Listen here, i was already a sherry convert. But this was so pleasant! And I’m not really a heavy dessert wine type of girl. 2013 is just changing my wine game up all together. I’ve already had (and enjoyed) Port, Madeira and now Sherry. What’s next?? I could see pouring this over ice cream. Adult milkshake perhaps? But I digress.
Will I go back here again? Yes, they have a ham class on Wednesdays.
But in all seriousness, with different classes each Tuesday and all those sherrys to taste, that’s like a year’s worth of blogging!! Okay, so clearly I won’t get to them all, but I will definitely have fun trying them and blogging about them.
Penticton here I come!! #WBC13
Finishing up at the Marietta Wine Festival
Girl Meets Glass attends tasting for Washington State Wines. Riesling and Merlot were the standout varietals.
*I’m not drunk or sleepy, there was something in my eye
Mad About Madeira
A recap of the Madeira Master Class and walk-around tasting
An ideal alternative to Moscato ;-) This is what I’m sipping on this Sunday.
As a lady myself, and yes I am a lady (Lady Meets Glass just didn’t have the same ring to it) it’s refreshing to see other ladies in the world of wine. Throughout our trip in Friuli, we came across quite a few ladies that were making things happen in the world of wine, tourism, and food.
Ladies of La Subida — As soon as we got off the bus from Croatia, they were waiting on us at the door with snacks. Cheese on a stick, chicken on a stick, and freshly sliced lamb. And by fresh, I mean we watched her slice it and then she handed it to us. Anyone that supplies food to the weary is a friend of mine!
Chiara Tuppy — Our trusty translator and Friuli Tourism guide. With her, we would have no idea where we were going or what we were drinking. The drinking part wouldn’t have been so bad though, we knew it was wine!
Claudia — Another translator and tourism guide. Claudia enjoyed laughing at my misfortune of having no gloves, hat, boots or socks when the high temps only reached around 50. We also loved saying her name with our newly acquired Italian accents.
Anna San Simone — Part owner of the family owned San Simone vineyards. She joined us (with her movie star husband) for dinner on our final night in Friuli. The sparkling wine was delicious and paired perfectly with our meals. She is another one that was truly passionate about her wines and Friuli as a premier winemaking region.
Elda Felluga - Owner at Terra & Vini (and daughter of founder). We could not have asked for a better hostess. Anything we could have possibly needed during our stay: towels, water, coffee, grappa (this was often a request of ours) she saw to it that we received it. She even introduced us to the Mayor of Friuli! How’s that for extra special service!! (Since he was a VIP, he was able to sneak into this post with the ladies :-)
Girl Meets Glass meets 2011 Vintage Port
Just outside the trade grand tasting for the Wines of Portugal. In the Master Class before, we tasted some amazing wines led by Evan Goldstein, MS.
Portugal has 250 different grape varieties, most of which you haven’t heard of. But amazing nonetheless. I always marvel at how much I enjoy Portuguese wines when I’m at a tasting, but it’s rare I see that at a wine shop. They present such a great value! I’m talking amazing red and whites, fruit forward, food friendly, crisp, light, heavy…whatever you are looking for, rarely over $15. Your jaw dropped, right? I know, I know.
Look for the grapes Alicante Bouschet, Arinto, Aragonez, Trincadeira, Alvarinho, Fernao Pires. I promise, you won’t be disappointed.
Girl Meets Glass meets Gruner Veltliner