Venenciadora pours Sherry drawn from a cask into a catavino... Videocredit: @sabordeespana
・・・ The ‘venencia’ is an implement used for pulling Sherry samples from the aging barrels in the cellars, consisting of a small cylindrical steel cup at the end of a long flexible shaft. It is dropped in to the barrels through the bunghole to break through the protective yeast called 'flor' that covers the aging wine. It is then poured into a glass from above head height. Those who use the venencia are called 'venenciadors'. Sherry is traditionally drunk from a copita (also referred to as a catavino, a special tulip-shaped sherry glass.
Sherry (Spanish: Jerez ) is a fortified wine made from white grapes that are grown near the city of Jerez de la Frontera in Andalusia, Spain. Sherry is produced in a variety of styles made primarily from the Palomino grape, ranging from light versions similar to white table wines, such as Manzanilla and Fino, to darker and heavier versions that have been allowed to oxidise as they age in barrel, such as Amontillado and Oloroso.
Air and alcohol determine the two main types of sherry: fino and oloroso.
With fino sherry, the introduction of air into barrels of aging wine creates a layer of yeast (called flor) that floats on top of the wine. This flor forms a barrier that prevents additional air from reaching the wine and oxidizing it.
Oloroso-style sherries are fortified to higher alcohol levels (about 18%, compared to fino's 15.5%). This higher degree of alcohol kills the yeast that would normally create the flor, allowing more oxygen to reach the wine. Extra time with oxygen oxidizes the wine, developing raisiny, nutty flavors and deeper color.
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