Emilio Lustau Reserva Capataz Andres Deluxe Cream Sherry

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Deep amber in color, this sweet fortified wine displays intense dried fruit flavors of figs, dates and raisins. Though quite sweet, this is not your Grandmother’s cream sherry. There is a lively acidity in this wine, not found in most examples of cream-style sherries. That punch keeps the wine from becoming cloyingly sweet, and allows the subtle floral flavor of Greg’s lavender-scented Crème Brûlée to shine through.  Yet the unctuous dried-fruit flavors pair nicely with the custard’s velvety texture, and the richness of caramel and burnt sugar.

I also recommend this sherry with Greg’s Pistachio Financiers with Tea Poached Prunes. The wine’s nutty flavor melds perfectly with Greg’s pistachio cake, while the cream sherry’s dried fruit aspect complements the tea-infused prunes.

Sherry is an anglicization of the word Jerez, which refers to the region where sherries are produced.  There are 7 styles of sherry, which fall into one of two broad types: Fino and Oloroso. Manzanilla, Fino, Amontillado and Palo-Cortado styles are under the Fino category and are all light, crisp and dry to off-dry. Olorosso, Cream, and Pedro Ximenez styles make up the dark, rich and nutty Oloroso category, many of which are sweet. Sweet sherries are a great alternative to many dessert wines, but in my opinion the most interesting is the complex, elegant and earthy Fino style. Try pairing one with seafood and other classic Spanish tapas. GRANT

Pairs With Market Matters- Lavender Crème Brûlée

Price $15

Also pairs well with almonds, cheeses (blue and hard), dates, figs, nut-based desserts, pears, pecans

  • Category Dessert Wine
  • Varietal Palomino
  • Region Jerez Spain