Maligned, Misunderstood, Magnificent!

Ben Howkins

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Made in a unique way, matured in cellars dating back to the age of the Conquistadores and bursting with sun-drenched flavours, Sherry has – due to a succession of scandals and bad luck in the 1970s – been maligned and misunderstood. Now, in colourful words and equally evocative pictures, Ben Howkins delves deep into the fascinating story behind the golden spirit of Jerez and explains why this wine poised to make a magnificent comeback.


“With over 3,000 years of history behind it, the future of Sherry lies in its past. Sommeliers admire it for its many varieties and Ben Howkins’ book will tell you why.” – Steven Spurrier

“The newly published and wonderfully researched history of the wine by Ben Howkins…” – John Clarke, The Independent

“I loved the full-colour extravaganza that is Ben Howkins’s Sherry: Maligned, Misunderstood, Magnificent! and found myself salivating while reading at the thought of a chilled glass of manzanilla. It’s clearly written by someone who is no stranger to long lunches by the Guadalquivir river; but Howkins can also be incisive, for example on the Rumasa scandal that did so much to upset the sherry business in the 1970s and 1980s.” – Henry Jeffreys, The Spectator

“There is no greater stash of fine wine in cask in the world, than in the bodegas of the sherry triangle… Dry sherries at 12, 15, 30 or more years of age are the wine lover’s equivalent of fine white burgundy, but at a third of the price.” – David McIntyre, The Washington Post

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