• Sherry
  • Sherry cover
  • Sherry
  • Sherry cover
  • Format:Hardback
  • ISBN:9781913141288
  • Publication Date:06-12-2021
  • Pages:224


Ben Howkins

Maligned, Misunderstood, Magnificent!


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‘I loved the full-colour extravaganza that is Ben Howkins’ Sherry: Maligned, Misunderstood, Magnificent! and found myself salivating while reading at the thought of a chilled glass of manzanilla. It’s clearly written by someone who is no stranger to long lunches by the Guadalquivir river; but Howkins can also be incisive, for example on the Rumasa scandal that did so much to upset the sherry business in the 1970s and 1980s.’
Henry Jeffreys, The Spectator

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Sherry: Malinged  Misunderstood Magnificent! casts an expert and entertainingly readable eye over an old favourite – out of fashion in recent years, but in the opinion of those in the know set to make a magnificent comeback.

Made in a unique way, matured in cellars dating back to the age of the Conquistadores, and bursting with a panoply of sun-drenched flavours, Sherry has – due to a succession of scandals and bad luck in the 1970s – been maligned and misunderstood. But the Sherry scene is set for seismic change. With a series of new styles, new vineyards and a dynamic new crop of cellar masters, this wine is creating a revolution in the world’s restaurants that can’t be ignored. Ben Howkins, in colourful words and equally evocative pictures, delves deep into Sherry’s fascinating story and reveals why it is set to come back into our lives with a magnificent flourish!


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  • Weight 1.2 kg
  • Dimensions 180 x 252 mm
Vintners' Scholar Ben Howkins has been involved with wine all his life. A former member of the Royal Household Wine Committee and a WSET trustee, he has a deep knowledge of port and sherry built up over many years, and writes about his favourite wines with a lively enthusiasm tinged with humour. He is, as Hugh Johnson says, 'a wine merchant of the old school' - but there is nothing in the least bit 'old' in his approach to Sherry...  

‘The books that taught me about wine were about places and people. It’s the history and stories about a wine that bring it to life and make it worth talking about.’

– Steven Spurrier