Sherry is a fortified wine. It is typically produced from grapes grown in the Spanish region of Jerez. The name sherry is an Anglicisation of Jerez. Although sherry is produced in other parts of the world, too, the Spanish have tried to protect the name and reserve it for the Jerez region alone. This is recognised in the European Union, though not worldwide.
Sherry is usually made using the solera blending method, which involves blending wines of several vintages together and fortifying the final product with high-proof brandy. The process involves a complex system of oak barrels and takes a minimum of 3 years.
A popular dessert wine, sherry is sweet and also often also added to cakes and puddings. It is a key ingredient in typical English Christmas fruit cake, which was the inspiration behind our limited edition, vegan Let Them Eat Cake lip balm. Sherry is blended with the black treacle in the formula and it adds its sweet flavour to the yummy mixture.