Shh! Cream Sherry is My Guilty Pleasure #WorldWineTravel

Saying farewell to Spain. Sherry comes from the Andalucia region in the southwest corner. Map courtesy of winefolly.com

Wrapping up Spain with a Selection of Favorites
Our World Wine Travel writers are wrapping up our virtual visit to Spain in 2021 with everyone highlighting a favorite aspect of the country. Scroll down further in this post for links to all my fellow writers’ favorites. I decided to bring my secret love of “Granny’s favorite” out of the closet. I love Cream Sherry. There, I said it!

What is Cream Sherry?
Cream Sherry is a blend of Oloroso Sherry, which is a dry, oxidative style with PX Sherry. PX is a lusciously rich, sweet style of sherry. If you need a sherry primer, here is an introduction and another one featuring sherry wine pairings. I’m a big fan of Oloroso Sherry at the dinner table. I must admit, I’ve never posted on PX Sherry because I find it just too sweet for my palate, even as a topping for ice cream. As it turns out, tempering the PX sweetness with Oloroso is a combination that works for me.

Sherries can be dry or sweet with a wide range of aromas and flavors

Why Does Cream Sherry have a Bad Reputation?
Picking on Cream Sherry as “granny sherry” seems to be shorthand for trying to explain why people are reluctant to drink any sherry at all since it seems outdated and old fashioned. After all, who wants to drink what grandmother enjoyed? These articles typically dive into sherry styles and emphasize the dry sherries and why we should be enjoying them. Thus leaving poor old Cream Sherry in the dust.

If you see a Cream Sherry under $10, pass. The really inexpensive bottles show little beyond caramel flavors. You’ll miss out on the complexity possible for just a few dollars more.

Spend a Little More
My best advice in regards to Cream Sherry: spend a little more. In my sherry travels, I have tried the $9.95 Cream Sherry from my local Costco. Compromises will be made to hit a $10 and under price point, meaning the dried fruit, nuts, and leather notes will be much less intense and less well defined. For an introductory bottle, think of spending $15-25. Below are a couple of Cream Sherries I have enjoyed immensely and would recommend highly. You can go ahead and call me “Granny”.

What to expect from a Cream Sherry
Eye: Medium brown
Nose: Medium plus intensity aromas of caramel, dried figs, almonds, chocolate, toast, a bit of orange peel. The caramel notes are the first ones noticed with the other aromas just behind. It’s a fortified wine, so expect a little heat on the nose. As the quality and price go up, expect more variety in the aromas and more detail.
Mouth: The wine is sweet and luscious, with pronounced intensity flavors of caramel, chocolate, figs, almonds with orange peel lingering in the finish. The acidity is medium, alcohol is usually 17-20%, body is full with long finish.

Valdespino Isabella Cream Sherry ($20 online)17.5% abv

Lustau Capataz Andrés Deluxe Cream Sherry ($15 online) 20%abv

Always chilled, but your choice: on the rocks with a slice of orange or a white wine glass

Ways to Enjoy Cream Sherry
One of the advantages of Cream Sherry is that it is fortified and already oxidized, so you can enjoy a bottle over a period of weeks, even a month or two. Drink your Cream Sherry well chilled. It’s fortified and sweet, so you don’t need a big pour, 3 oz. is very nice. I usually just use a white wine glass. Recently, I found out about Cream Sherry on the rocks with an orange slice, delicious! The slice of orange accentuates the orange rind flavors hidden in the drink.

World Wine Travel Writers Celebrate Spain
Take a look at the links below to discover a few favorites from my fellow writers from our virtual Spain travels. We won’t be having a Twitter chat this month, since the 4th Saturday happens to be Dec. 25. We’ll still be sharing each others posts, so you may notice these on social media.

World Wine Travel Writers Move to the New World in 2022
Looking ahead to 2022, we’ll be moving to the new world with a year long virtual tour through Australia and New Zealand. I hope you’ll continue to follow our adventures!

Comments
8 Responses to “Shh! Cream Sherry is My Guilty Pleasure #WorldWineTravel”
  1. Granny’s Sherry – ha! I love it! Appreciate the advice on purchasing cream sherry. Definitely will try one!

  2. David says:

    I’m sold! Your description makes me game for trying cream sherry. I like an occasional sweet wine, nice when they can last for a few weeks.

  3. Lynn says:

    I haven’t had much cream sherry and like you, PX is too cloyingly sweet for my palate. Yet the sound of cream over ice with an orange slice sounds tempting. As does drinking it in front of a fire like that! Happy holidays Jeff!

  4. I recall from a previous social media post that you’re a fan of the Valdespino Isabel. I’ve been planning to look for that one, but I’ll have to add the Capataz Andrés Deluxe Cream Sherry to the list. I did recently try the Gonzalez-Byass Solera 1847 Cream Dulce and thought to myself how refreshingly different it is that the world’s most popular cream sherry. Will have to give it a try on the rocks with a twist!

  5. Deanna says:

    Well now that I know it’s granny sherry, I’m sold! I can just see it with cookies and all the sweet treats grandmas make. On the rocks with orange works for me too! So happy to hear you love it too. Thanks for letting us in on the secret! 🙂

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