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Maligned, misunderstood, magnificent!


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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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Ben Howkins has made wine his life. With Hugh Johnson, he is co-founder of the Royal Tokaji Wine Company in Hungary, and can be credited with re-introducing this amazing dessert wine back to the UK for the first time since the Second World War. Ben has spent much of his career marketing and exporting port and sherry. He is passionate about port and has written two widely acclaimed books on the subject: Rich, Rare and Red (now in its fourth edition) and Real Men Drink Port…and Ladies do too! Ben is an international wine competition judge, and is a past trustee of the Wine and Spirit Education Trust and of the Royal Household Wine Committee. He is also mad about sherry, and this specially commissioned Guide is his first book on the subject.

JOHN CLARKE, The Independent

"The newly published and wonderfully researched history of the wine by Ben Howkins..."


"I loved the full-colour extravaganza that is Ben Howkins’s 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."

DAVID McINTYRE, The Washington Post

"There is no greater stash of fine wine in cask in the world, than in the bodegas of the sherry triangle... Dry sherries at 12, 15, 30 or more years of age are the wine lover’s equivalent of fine white burgundy, but at a third of the price."