A little bodega I know…
We met up with Francisco from La Sacristia del Caminante to chat about each other’s blogs and collect the t-shirt I’d ordered from him. After a copa at Tabanco Plateros, he asked if we had time to go somewhere else –
there’s a little bodega I know, that I think you might be interested in.
So off we went into the Barrio San Pedro, not more than five minutes walk from Plateros, and arrived at the front door of what definitely looked like a house rather than a bodega. And a house it was – his house, with a tiny bodega inside!
Francisco’s father and grandfather created this tiny Sacristia, and in it they have Amontillado, Amontillado Viejo (more than 30 years old), Oloroso, Cream and a tiny barrel of Cream that’s over 30 years old.
The two oldest sherries are only refreshed once every three years, whilst the others are refreshed once a year. The old cream was amazing, as it was so obviously still a dry wine, but with the edges softened. Of course, when a cream is left undisturbed for three years at a time, the PX sinks to the bottom. Hence the wine we tasted from the top of the barrel seeming less sweet than the younger cream.
The Amontillados were my absolute favourites (as is so often the case!). Rich and nutty, with lovely silky texture.
As well as the amazing wines, the bodega is chock full of sherry collectables – from bottles of Harvey’s Bristol Cream from the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Di, to bottles and postcards from long gone brands. There’s also old bodega tools and flamenco and bullfighting memorabilia.
It was such a treat to share a glass of sherry from this special little bodega, and it left me wondering how many other secret bodegas hide behind Jerez’s doorways. One thing I know for sure – if anyone ever asks if you’ve got the time to visit ‘a little bodega I know’ don’t look at your watch, just say yes!!