Sherry and strings
Criadera followers will know that January to March are my busiest months for my ‘day job’, and my time for the blog and all things sherry is pretty squeezed.
But last weekend felt like a mini Spanish holiday, thanks to a fundraising evening for the Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival. A truly Andalucian evening of flamenco and sherry was just what the doctor ordered!
Sherry and a movie
First up was a screening of the new Goya-winning documentary: Paco de Lucia – La Búsqueda. I love his music, both the more traditional and the Jazz-inspired, so was looking forward to absorbing myself in the sounds. It’s a really absorbing documentary about his musical and artistic development. But if you want to learn about the man behind the guitar you’ll be disappointed! There were clues and hints, but I really felt I wanted to know more about the rest of his life. However, it was funnier than I expected and the music pulses throughout. Definitely worth a watch.
After the film, supremo sherry blogger Paula MacLean led a tasting of Delgado Zuleta sherries, with tapas from Goya23 (stockists of the DZ sherries and purveyors of stunning ibericos). The turn out was great and we ran out of chairs! Strangers were soon chatting together about the sherry and food, and as always there were lots of pleasantly surprised people adding sherry to their future shopping lists!
I’m pretty familiar with the DZ Manzanillas, but this tasting ran the gamut from Manzanilla to Cream with all points in between. What struck me was the supreme savouriness of all the dry sherries and how obvious it was that they were relatives.
Now that they are available in Edinburgh, I think a bottle of the Monteagudo Palo Cortado needs to go on my shopping list.
Prolonging that holiday feeling
At the last minute we decided to stay in Edinburgh rather than mess about with taxis back to the countryside. So the next morning a late breakfast was in order, courtesy of Goya23. This little cafe and deli really is a corner of Spain in Edinburgh!
Pan con tomate, cold pressed extra virgin olive oil and some of the nicest coffee this side of Spain. Oh yes, and a bottle of sherry to take home – of course!
Edinburgh sherrylovers can buy Delgado Zuleta sherries and fab ibericos from Goya23, 23 North West Circus Place, Stockbridge. Make sure you give yourself enough time to linger over a coffee when you visit!
To read Paula MacLean’s great sherry blog, click here.