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Published on July 14th, 2016 | by Ruben


Sherry – De vergeten wijnschat van Spanje

Sherry – De vergeten wijnschat van Spanje translates as Sherry – the forgotten wine treasure of Spain. It is a new book written by Emiel Demessemaekers of Xpertvinum and Wim Casteur, a wine educator.

Sherry boek - Xpertvinum Up-to-date books about sherry written in Dutch are rare. So they thought it was their duty as sherry ambassadors to write a concise introduction. It is intended for people interested in this misunderstood wine. The book accompanies the wide selection of sherries available in their shop, and vice versa.

A first chapter talks about the history, geography and climate of the Jerez region. How do they influence the wines? Then there’s the administrative part, in which the D.O. and bodegas are explained. Chapters 3 and 4 deal with grapes, casks and the production process. Chapter 5 is the core of the book: an explanation of the different types of sherry. For each type there are references to wines from their shop. The final chapters talk about new tendencies (en rama sherry, VOS / VORS, sherry terroir, Equipo Navazos…) as well as the pairing of sherry with food.

Overall this book reads easily. After all it’s a small-format book with just 100 pages and lots of beautiful pictures. It is perfectly tailored to the rising interest (slowly but steadily) for sherry in our country. Available from for € 15. Or an even better idea is to pick it up from the Xpertvinum Vinoteka where you can try and discuss their wines.



Xpertvinum Vinoteka

Xpertvinum Vinoteka – Leest (Belgium)


Summary: A great addition to the sherry scene in the Low Countries. At last we get a concise, easy to read book that covers all the essentials on sherry wines. Pick it up and have a look at their selection of sherry while you're there.


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is a Certified Sherry Educator who fell in love with sherry some 25 years ago, but switched to a higher gear in 2013 and started writing about it. Lived in Madrid for a couple of years, now back in Belgium. I also run a whisky blog over at

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