Sherry is a fortified wine produced in Jerez, Puerto de Santa Maria, and Sanlucar de Barrameda in southwest Spain.
There are different types of Sherry: Fino, Oloroso and other types like Manzanilla, Cream Sherry, Pedro Jimenez to name a few.
Sherry is considered an aperitif. Dry sherries can be served chilled, and sweet sherries for room temperature. Cooking sherries have salt added to increase its shelf life which is why it is not suitable for drinking.
Selecting and Buying
Amontillados and Olorosos will keep for onger, as well as blended cream sherries or Pedro Ximenez.
Preparation and Use
Once a sherry bottle is opened, it should be used immediately because the flavor starts to fade. It could be refrigerated to help keep it fresh.
Conserving and Storing
Sherry should be stored upright in a cool dry place. Finos and Manzanilla are said to have a shorter shelf life and need to be consumed quickly after bottling or within 18-36 months. The Olorosos however can be stored for many years because they have more age and weight.