Wine Of The Week


August 31, 2005|By Michael Dresser

Domecq Manzanilla Sherry ($14). One of the cleanest, most bracing sipping experiences in the world of wine is to taste a well-made dry sherry. Domecq makes a well-known and quite good dry sherry called "La Ina," but I found the firm's more delicate Manzanilla even better. It has the bone-dry severity and penetration one would expect of a dry sherry, with an appealing mix of flavors, including vanilla, lime, orange and herbs. (Manzanilla means chamomile, but that one escaped me.) This pale wine is an excellent aperitif and could be served with olives or grilled shrimp appetizers, though I wouldn't move it to the table as a dinner wine.

- Michael Dresser

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