On June 17, the Mood of Living team attended the Taste of Spain event at the Astor Center in NoHo. Taste of Spain heralds the lasting traditions of Spanish winemaking through samplers of the most popular wines from the region.
Sherry, one of Spain’s most internationally renowned wines, is produced near the southern point of Spain in the city of Jerez. Spain’s particular sherry wine is regarded as one of the driest in the world because of both the climate of the region and the type of grape used — the indigenous tempranillo grape. The area surrounding Jerez is more arid and drier than its other Spanish counterparts, which in turn creates big flavors; plus, the high density of sunlight precipitously increases the wine’s alcohol content. For Lustau winery, further difference stems from the interesting technique they use when crafting their Los Arcos sherry: the grape is oxidized and aged under floor caps. This leaves the wine with a very oaky color and nutty aroma, making it soft on the palate though with a substantial aftertaste. Occasionally, Jerez will share grapes with France, which is why there is a subtle similarity between French and Spanish wine.
During the tasting, one of our fellow tasters gave us some tips on how to use sherry wines in everyday cooking. If you like to cook with wine, we recommend adding the Los Arcos sherry to black beans for an exciting twist. If you have a sweet tooth, you must try vanilla ice cream topped with Lustau’s San Emilio sherry – the sweetest wine in the region.
To find more information on the event and other upcoming events at the Astor Center, click here.