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April 06, 2010

Andalusia Jerez

Olá! Today we did Jerez de la Frontera. Famous for sherry, horses and flamenco. The town was called Scheris by the muslims way back in time, which is the origin of both words: Jerez as well as sherry. 'De la Frontera' comes from the time of the Christian reconquest, when the
area of Cadiz (where Jerez belongs to) was the frontier of the Christian territory.

We visited the Real Escuela Andaluza del Arte Ecuestre, the famous school for training of horses and riders. Beautiful horses doing a fabulous show with classic music. We enjoyed it. Impressive is the last part of the show, when 10 horses and their riders perform challenging figures without bumping into each other. Drawback: it was in the middle of the day, so the timing for the bodega visits got difficult and so we made it to one only. However, you gotta take what you can get sometimes...

We picked the most famous one: Gonzalez Byass or Tio Pepe, as their leading brand is called. A huge bodega that delivers sherry to 'every country in the world' as the guide stated. It was impressive to see all the barrels and different bodegas within the bodega. La Concha, once designed by Eiffel (tower in Paris), to Los Reyes, where the mice are happy to be served a glass (one for all the mice) of sherry and some cheese daily. The Kings bodega, where the barrels are signed by kings and VIPs. In the end we get to taste two wines (only!!). Tio Pepe, the dry, light sherry we can drink anywhere and the Croft, a sweet, light pale-cream sherry. No Oloroso, Amontillado, Palo Cortado, PX... Not much explaination of the different processes, etc. But it was nice to have seen it. We have nice pictures coming soon.

I will get back to sherry on a separate posting because it is a fascinating drink. Stay tuned.

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