A Modern Guide to Sherry

History, context and recipes regarding the oft mentioned yet misunderstood wine


Sherry references infuse culture, from kitchens to cocktail bars, short stories, poetry and beyond—not to mention the celebrated use of sherry casks in whisky-making. We all know that sherry is important. But many people simply do not know what it is, aside from the fact that it’s in the wine family—let alone the fact that it’s a dynamic red hailing from Spain once thought of as on par with prestigious offerings from Bordeaux and Burgundy. In recent history, cheap and overly sweet blends tarnished sherry’s name and reputation, which had already grown quite complicated. And that’s why author Talia Baiocchi wants to set the record straight. The editor-in-chief of food and drink website PUNCH (and the former wine editor at Eater) has penned a new book aimed at demystifying sherry. And she does so in an engaging, informative manner complete with full-color photography.


Sherry: A Modern Guide to the Wine World’s Best Kept Secret” offers an overview on the different styles of sherry (pertaining to body), how and where they’re produced (as there’s a broad range of methods), and even insight into the people behind the production today. The book tackles the wine’s renowned history and its descent into infamy. And, with sherry factoring into the classic cocktail revival as a vibrant component to many mixed drinks, there are first-hand accounts from today’s top producers and the benefits and profiles of their unique wines. Biaocchi also includes a chapter on recipes for both historic cocktails incorporating sherry and modern creations from top bartenders, before concluding with food recipes that illuminate the strength of sherry in a meal. The book puts a face and history to a name that’s ever-circulating—and explains how to enjoy it properly.

“Sherry: A Modern Guide to the Wine World’s Best Kept Secret” is available for pre-order on Amazon for $19. The conveniently sized book will be released on 14 October 2014.

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