FAQ Friday – Sherry Confusion

Welcome to another FAQ Friday, lets see what’s shown up via search this week!

Names of dessert sherries?

While there are many kinds of dry sherry, the two main sherries that are typically sweet are Cream Sherry and Pedro Ximenez.  Cream Sherry does not have a required sweetness, so it can range from super sweet to only a touch.

Oloroso can also be sweet, but is not necessarily.

Can porto replace sherry in a dessert?

While this answer is probably a bit too late, the answer is pretty much depends.  First it depends on the sherry, unless it’s one of the sherries listed above, the dessert may lack the sweetness.

In a very nutty dessert, it could be problematic to switch in a Ruby Porto, but a Tawny Porto might work.  For a berry dessert, odds are good the Porto will work either way.

The best bet in truth is to try a sample run.

Adjectives to describe Sauvignon Blanc?

Well, commonly, cat pee.

For those that don’t own cats, frequent adjectives are citrus (lemon, lime, grapefruit, orange), gooseberry, green things (crisp arugula, spinach, kale, fresh cut grass, and minor green pepper etc).  Note while “green” is often a good starting point for Sauvignon Blanc words, too much vegetal smell is a sign of bad wine.

Best inexpensive 2010 1.5L Australian Wine?

Sadly, it’s not possible to answer this at this point, we just don’t have enough 1.5 or Australian samples under our belt!  It does however sound like an interesting idea for an evening… First Pour Wine party anyone?