: a Spanish fortified wine with a distinctive nutty flavor; also : a similar wine produced elsewhere
Origin of SHERRY
alteration of earlier sherris
(taken as plural), from Xeres
First Known Use: 1584
Rhymes with SHERRY
sherry noun (Concise Encyclopedia)
Fortified wine of Spanish origin. It takes its name from the province of Jerez de la Frontera in Spain. Essential to its taste is the action of flor, a mildewlike growth encouraged by a slight exposure to air after fermentation. Also unique is the solera system of blending wines of many vintage years. Sherry is fortified after fermentation with high-proof brandy to 16–18% alcohol. It is served primarily as an aperitif, though sweeter, heavier sherries are used as dessert wines.
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