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Sherry and Fortified Wine, A Masterclass with Ian Barr


Few styles of wine are enriched with such a history as Sherry and Port. Sherry is considered one of the worlds most unique expressions of wine production and is linked closely to the history of all Spanish wine. Dating all the way back to the 9th century BC, fortified wines were often the tipple of choice across the centuries for the likes of the Ancient Romans, Christopher Colombus, William Shakespeare, and many others.

In more recent times, the title for Spain’s favourite wine has been a tough duel between Rioja of high quality and the ever traditional varieties of Sherry, along with more new world wine countries experimenting with sherry-like wines. Spanish Sherry lost popularity in the global market, only made worst by the phylloxera plague.

The wine producing region of Douro in northern Portugal produces the famous Portugese fortified wine Port, and shares a very similar history to Spain’s Sherry. Douro is the third oldest protected wine region in the world, striking great popularity in England in 1703 as French wine was not as readily available and the added alcohol to Port made it easier to ship and store for long periods of time.

Again Port wine has seen a drop in sales globally, and currently has less presence in the market. However both Sherry and Port along with other styles of fortified wine are still being produced at an exceptionally high quality and are not only delicious to drink on their own, but there is without a doubt a style to suit any food dish, from the bone dry Fino Sherry to richly sweet Tawny Port, each style punches well above its weight.

Join us on the 8th of November for a masterclass here at The Oak Barrel across a vast range of different Sherry and fortified wines hosted by Ian Barr, one of the countries top experts on fortified wine after multiple trips through Spain and Portugal, to discover how unique these styles can be.

WHAT: Sherry and Fortified Wines: A Masterclass with Ian Barr
WHERE: The Oak Barrel, 152 Elizabeth St, Sydney
WHEN: Thursday 8 November, doors open 6pm for a 6.30pm start
PRICE: Members $40 / Guest $50

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