Born in Spain and made primarily from the Palomino grape, then fortified with grape brandy, sherry goes back a few thousand years. Today, sherry, just as with other spirits, can only be made within a specific region. Known as the marco de Jerez or 'Sherry Triangle', sherry is made in three towns in Southern Spain — Jerez de la Frontera (known simply as Jerez, and pronounced “he-ref”), Sanlúcar de Barrameda, and El Puerto de Santa Maria. Built around vulnerable grape vines, Sherry is largely made up of four major dry types, two sweet types, and a variety of blended sherries. The four major dry types are Fino and Manzanilla, Amontillado, Palo Cortado, and Oloroso. The two sweet types are Pedro Ximenez and Moscatel, which are both named after the varietals used to produce them. The 2 main loved sherry casks, used to mature whisky, are Oloroso and PX casks.


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