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Weekly wine defined: Jerez

Mary writes:

This week’s wine term is: Jerez (pronounced Hair-eth). 

It is a prosperous little city in southern Spain and is also the birthplace of sherry.

It’s here behind the high, white, windowless walls of the bodegas in which sherry is made and aged.

Almost all sherries are made from the Palomino Fino grape, a fairly neutral, large-crop white grape that thrives in these vineyards.

The vineyards lie mostly to the west and southwest of the city nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Guadalete and Guadalquivir rivers. Pedro Ximénez and the Moscatel grapes are used in the sweet sherries.