He said: "The Finos
At The Waterfront experience is based on strong Spanish tradition served in a revolutionary way.
, 43, who runs the Castlebank with wife Joanne, said the survey vindicated their decision to opt out of the hotel star rating system two years ago after being told they would be downgraded from three to one.
(pounds 4.99 at Majestic) is a great buy - the ideal partner for olives or maybe smoked salmon, whereas Hidalgo Fino
Viejo 'Napoleon' is in a nuttier, richer style - the first step on the way to amontillado (pounds 4.49 for a half bottle at Richard Granger).
are the lightest and driest sherries, carrying the delicate fresh yeast flavour of the flor.
There are really just two types of sherry - fino
, which is aged in casks under a layer of creamy yeast known as flor, and oloroso, which is stronger and aged without flor.
Inocente is a special fino
in that, unlike many other finos
, its grapes are from a single vineyard and are barrel fermented.
Southport's hot new tapas restaurant, Finos
at the Waterfront, recently held its first gourmet evening.
The paler, lighter wines are set aside to become Finos
or Manzanillas and are fortified with brandy up to 15% alcohol content.