Word for Wednesday: Sherry

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December’s Word for Wednesday theme is festive food and drink

So far we’ve looked at mulled wine, mince pies, eggnog, and Brussels sprouts.  Our final festive drink of the month is sherry

Sherry is a dry to sweet amber wine from the Jerez region of southern Spain. It is usually drunk as an aperitif.

The word dates to around 1600 when it was used as a mistaken singular form of the word 'sherris' (which dates to the 1530s). 'Sherris' comes from the Spanish ‘vino de Xeres’ meaning ‘wine from Xeres’. Today, this Andalusian town where sherry is made is known as Jerez

You can learn about another wine that’s named for the region it’s made in here.


30 Dec 2020
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