by Julian Jeffs

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Fully revised and updated for its sixth edition, this benchmark book recounts the exciting and turbulent evolution of the sherry region and explores how its history and culture are intertwined with the sherry trade. Julian Jeffs chronicles the changing face of sherry – its viticultural methods, the complex production techniques, the growth of the wine’s trade and the region itself – taking us from the area’s early Phoenician settlers right up to the present day. The detailed sections on cultivation and production include information on both traditional and the now more commonly used modern methods of viticulture. Manzanilla, the ‘wine of joy’, receives an entire chapter to itself before Jeffs brings the information on blending and tasting sherry up to date. He also provides extensive details of all the shippers, from the traditional family firms to the new boutique bodegas, along with thorough appendices for those who wish to delve into the fine details. This classic wine book unravels the timeless appeal of one of Spain’s greatest wines, making it an essential resource for both sherry enthusiasts and those involved in the world of sherry.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781908984746
Publisher: Infinite Ideas Ltd.
Publication date: 09/07/2016
Series: Classic Wine Library
Edition description: - Revised and Updated ed.
Pages: 276
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Julian Jeffs is the world's leading authority on sherry and has written several books on Spanish wine. After leaving Cambridge Julian Jeffs got a job (by accident) in the sherry trade in Jerez, working in a bodega and seeing every stage in the production of wine. Called to the Bar in 1958 he took two years off to write the first edition of this book. He also wrote two more books on wine and others on law. A past President of the Circle of Wine Writers, he was General Editor of Faber Wine Books.

Table of Contents

1. The Sherry Country
2. Origins
3. Sherry Sack
4. The Eighteenth Century
5. The Growth of Trade
6. The Sherry Boom
7. The Twentieth Century and Forwards
8. Vines and Vineyards
9. From Grape to Juice
10. From Juice to Wine
11. The Young Wine
12. The Wine Matures
13. Manzanilla
14. The Final Blend
15. Into the Glass
16. The Shippers Today

I. Spanish Names
II. The Chemical Effects of Plastering
III. Measures of Strength: Baumé, abv, Gay-Lussac and Sikes
IV. Selected Historical Export Statistics
V. Marking Casks in the Bodega
VI. Climatic Statistics
VII. The Regulations
VIII. Sherry Vinegar
IX. Tourism
Sources and Bibliography

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