On Monday, we had the periodic sherry only dinner organized by The Good Jay Miller, a/k/a The Other Jay, at Pings in Chinatown. Here is the lineup:
I did not take notes during the dinner, but I can say with great conviction that there were no duds. Throughout the range of wines, from chardonnay-colored finos to PXs that looked like I drained the oil out of my car into the bottle, the wines were all very nice. Maybe one could argue that Riesling has the same breadth of flavor possibilities, but I don’t think so. Is it under-appreciated? Certainly under-discussed here. So since there has recently been commentary about the repetitive nature of certain threads, I thought I would start this one, if for no better reason that to give people an excuse to use the search function to prove how wrong I am.
I particularly liked the Manzanillas and the Amontillado because of their balance between the two extremes. On the sweet end of the spectrum, the Venerable was quite good but the WOTN was probably the 2000 Valdespino, which had cashews, caramel and salinity rolled into one.