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Jerez-ted Development

In my early 20s, I once brought a bottle of Lustau's "East India Solera" Sherry to a house party - and to sincerely enjoy it while sharing recent revelations on the tipple rather than for its elevated alcohol. I've slowly started to bring less and less esoteric things to these types of shindigs and my choices have devolved from cool sherries to anonymous six-packs. Stumbling upon Lustau's Certified Sherry Wine Specialist course, I couldn't not awaken a category I've put on hold, especially after a recent hoo-ha at work involving a Manzanilla that everyone hated but which I gladly paired with a Saturday morning American Horror Story binge. Within the past few years, the fortified wines from the southwestern corner of Spain have shed their reputation for drinks...

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“Home” – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros: Lustau “Don Nuño” Solera Reserva Dry Oloroso

I don't know why some nutty sherries seem to evoke nostalgia to me. Perhaps its the intentionally oxidized and hence "aged" sort of character, or perhaps its the fact that these types of wines are the stereotypical grandma-standard of beverages. Who knows. But this really is like liquid sepia photographs, as shitty as it feels to say....

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Somewhere in-between “summer hipster barbecue shindig” and “sunny debonair yacht party”: Bodegas Hidalgo “Pastrana” Manzanilla Pasada

Sherry has this aged and old-person blasé sort of connotation, but there was something about this wine that was somewhere in-between "summer hipster barbecue shindig" and "sunny yacht party" (do you hate me yet?). I'm not-so-secretly hoping that Manzanilla will be the upcoming underground dinner equivalent to PBR....

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