MELBOURNE | It seems like there’s a day or a week for just about everything these days, and the latest one to come to The City Lane’s attention is International Sherry Week. Sherry, we’ve all heard of it but what’s it actually about? It’s a fortified wine from Spain that Frasier and Niles Crane like to drink, and there’s that Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons song that may or may not be about the drink but what else? Well yes it’s from Spain but more specifically it’s made from white grapes grown near the town of Jerez de la Frontera in Andalusia. Yeah, turns out that Sherry is simply the Anglicised version of the word Jerez and the drink is one in the same. Even more interestingly, the town Jerez was, during the Moorish period, known as the Arabic Sherish. History is a funny old thing eh?
But, enough of that. If the name of the drink we know as Sherry has such an interesting history, surely the drink itself must also have an interesting history? Those who set up International Sherry Week clearly think so, and in honour of this interesting tipple, the folks at Fitzroy’s Añada are, in conjunction with Spanish wine buffs The Spanish Acquisition, putting on The Sherry Sessions. It’s 4 nights of Spain’s most interesting and unusual sherries matched to a 4 course set menu inspired by the Añada team’s recent trip to the tapas bars of Jerez and Sanlúcar de Barrameda.
We’re big fans of Jesse Gerner’s cooking, with his genuine passion for Spain and its food coming through in the food that he and his team prepare both at Añada and Bomba. It’s properly authentic stuff and we’re sure that the Jerez inspired menu and the matched Sherries will be pretty great. See you there.
The Sherry Sessions
When: Wednesday 4 – Saturday 7 November 2016, 6:00pm to 10.00pm
Price: 4 course Jerez set menu $50.00 per person, matched sherries from $40.00
Where: Peninsula. Añada Restaurant, 197 Gertrude Street Fitzroy, Melbourne