Hidalgo la Gitana Manzanilla Sherry

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... HIDALDO'S LA GITANA Bodegas Hidalgo was founded in 1792 in Andalucia, and is one of Spain's oldest wine brands. Large Gitana is a Manzanilla. A Manzanilla is a Fino sherry, ie the palest, driest version of traditional Spanish sherry, a fortified wine. This sherry is manufactured near ... Read review
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HIDALGO La Gitana Manzanilla Sherry 75cl Bottle

HIDALGO La Gitana Manzanilla Sherry 75cl Bottle

La Manzanilla is a dry wine and the lightest and most delicate member of the Sherry region ... more

and can only be made in the coastal town of
Sanlacar de Barrameda set at the mouth of the
River Guadalquivir. The position of the town, set
between the sea and the river and the marshlands
to the north, combines with the particular
topography of the town itself to create an
especially humid and constant microclimate. These
conditions allow a special growth of yeast, known
as the 'flor', to grow on the surface of the
maturing wine all your round thus protecting it
from the detrimental effects of oxygen. Elsewhere
in the Sherry district, the flor dies off in the
summer and winter months to form the Fino sherry
instead. Due to the uniqueness of this wine
Manzanilla has its own 'Denominacion de Origen'
Manzanilla -Sanlacar de Barrameda, set within the
Sherry Denomination.Hidalgo's Manzanilla is sold
under the name of 'la Gitana' and carries a label
depicting the 'gitana' (gypsy girl) which was
originally painted for the firm by Joaquan Turina,
father of the famous composer of the same name.
Today, 'La Gitana' is the most popular Manzanilla
on the Spanish market and is now the best selling
wine in Seville.This is the classic example of
this unique wine and the flagship of their
company. Its fresh and delicate taste has made it
the favourite of Seville, the heart of traditional
Andalucia where they drink it chilled, with a meal
or with tapas or simply as a delicious wine.

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Community Level 4nubbler

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Pour me Another and Pass the Olives

Advantages Smooth dry aperitif

DisadvantagesNot everyone's cuppa

"...They were right. HIDALDO'S LA GITANA Bodegas Hidalgo was founded in 1792 in Andalucia, and is one of Spain's oldest wine brands. Large Gitana is a Manzanilla. A Manzanilla is a Fino sherry, ie the palest, driest version of traditional Spanish sherry, a fortified wine. This sherry is manufactured near the port of Sanlucar de Barramedar. The location of this estuarine port is said to give Manzanillas their characteristic 'salty' taste. La Gitana ..." Read review
13.02.2007

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Sherry? Surely you're joking?

AdvantagesDelicious and refreshing when served cold

DisadvantagesThe bottle never lasts long enough

"When I mention the word sherry to my friends, I am usually greeted with shouts of “Yeuck! Not that sticky brown stuff that Aunty drinks at Christmas?”. Personally, I think that this is rather unfair on aunts, but it is also a sadly blinkered view on what is one of the great wines of the world. A few facts about sherry: All sherry starts off life as a dry white wine made from palomino grapes, and when I say dry, I mean about as ..." Read review
27.08.2003

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A bone dry sherry from the coastal town of Sanlúcar de Barrameda. It is in Sanlucar that this light wine picks up its notable 'salty' tang from sea breezes, giving it a different and intriguing personality to Jerez Fino. Delicious on its own or serve with seafood, salads or white meats.In the press:"It's quite rich textured, with some appley, nutty (acetaldehyde) notes countering the bracing, almost salty freshness. It's 15% alcohol, which isn't much more than many table wines, but it does give some warmth and texture to the otherwise super-fresh palate," Jamie Goode, www.wineanorak.com, 2 April 2009

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Type Sherry
Manufacturer Hidalgo, La Gitana

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