She offers her guests this schematic: "Fino and manzanilla are your Champagne or aperitif; amontillado fits where you would use a white wine, oloroso pairs like a red wine, and then Pedro Ximenez and moscatel finish dinner in the dessert category."
AMONTILLADO. This sherry is basically a fino further aged under flor.
This rare type of sherry starts as a fino, evolves into an amontillado and mysteriously changes into a sort of oloroso.
Their almacenista (private stockholder) range is impeccable and, in particular, the amontillado
de Puerto by Jose Obregon, a ten-barrel solera is outstanding, typically selling at pounds 9 per half bottle.
With some of the commercial Amontillados in the market, a touch of this sweet stuff has been added to make the wine seem even older and richer than it might actually be.
But how about an Amontillado? When are you supposed to drink that?
The three main ranges of Harveys Sherries-Classic range: Harveys Bristol Cream and Harveys Medium Dry; Premium Range: Harveys Fino, Harveys Amontillado
, Harveys Palo Cortado, Harveys Oloroso and Harveys Pedro Ximenez; and Super Premium Range: Harveys VORS Sherries, won 13 gold medals, 10 silver medals and four bronze medals.
Amontillado is an aged Fino that has lost its flor and has taken on a darker colour with a nuttier flavour.
Gonzalez Byass's range of best selling Tio Pepe Fino, slightly softer Elegante Fino, El Rocio Manzanilla and La Conch a Amontillado are good value at around pounds 6.