Sherry is a fortified wine, originally made in and around the town of Jerez in the Andalusia region of southern Spain. Today it is produced in various places around the world such as the United States, Australia, and South Africa.
Sherries come in several different qualities, and range in color, flavor and sweetness:
Fino Sherry is dry and light, while Manzanillas are very dry, delicate finos with a hint of saltiness.
Amontillado Sherry, or Milk Sherry, has a nutty flavor and is sweeter, softer and darker in color than finos.
Oloroso Sherry, often labeled Cream Sherry or Golden Sherry has a fuller flavor and is darker than dry or medium sherries. This sherry is usually aged longer and is also more expensive.
Sherries can be drunk as an aperitif or after dinner. Dry sherries are usually drunk chilled, while sweet sherries are served at room temperature.