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Alegria Manzanilla

Sherry from Spain
Alegria is a wonderful manzanilla, pale, aromatic and pungent yet delicate, fine and whistle-clean. Like all manzanilla, it is aged in Sanlúcar de Barrameda on the Atlantic coast where the protective flor yeast exerts a stronger influence on the wine, resulting in a pale colour and salty tang. The ideal partner for fish and shellfish, or simply an aperitif to stimulate the appetite.
Price: £8.75 Bottle
Price: £52.50 Case of 6
In Stock
Code: SH931

Wine characteristics

  • Sherry
  • Bone dry
  • Palomino
  • 15% Alcohol
  • No oak influence
  • 75cl
  • Stopper cork, ie sherry

Williams and Humbert

Williams and Humbert, founded in 1877 by Sir Alexander Williams and Arthur Humbert, were originally located in the heart of Jerez but in 1994 purchased a large, modern bodega on the outskirts of the city. The building is the biggest wine cellar in Europe at 180,000 m2.

These days the company is wholly owned by the Medina family and the two latest generations of Medinas work side by side to produce a range of sherries including the famous Dry Sack brand. They also maintain a keen interest in horses, which is traditionally an Andalucian passion, and visitors to the property are often treated to a display of equestrianism.

The excellent As You Like It bottling came about as the company prepared for its big move to the new bodega. Before transporting their soleras to the new premises the cellarmaster was instructed to blend the different barrels to facilitate transport. However, one particular solera of 27 butts included wine that stood out head and shoulders above the others, so he kept it intact and untouched until three years ago. This is As You Like It.

The Times

Magnificentbargain-basement manzanilla, which has all the tangy, tongue-tingling floral,yeasty pizzazz that any summer sherry fan could ask for. Served cool, thismanzanilla is the perfect summer...
Magnificentbargain-basement manzanilla, which has all the tangy, tongue-tingling floral,yeasty pizzazz that any summer sherry fan could ask for. Served cool, thismanzanilla is the perfect summer aperitif. 
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- Jane MacQuitty

The Independent on Sunday

The driest ofsherrys, Manzanilla is the perfect aperitif, to be drunk ice-cold with nuts,olives or fishy canapés. From a long-established, British-founded sherry house,this is wonderfully tangy,...
The driest ofsherrys, Manzanilla is the perfect aperitif, to be drunk ice-cold with nuts,olives or fishy canapés. From a long-established, British-founded sherry house,this is wonderfully tangy, salty and palate-tingling. 
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- Terry Kirby

matthewjukes.com

You are alwaysguaranteed a flavour bursting with freshness and vitality.  A bargainprice, too, Alegría is a beautiful feather light, bone dry Manzanilla and it isthe definitive style of wine to...
You are alwaysguaranteed a flavour bursting with freshness and vitality.  A bargainprice, too, Alegría is a beautiful feather light, bone dry Manzanilla and it isthe definitive style of wine to drink with tapas before a big feast.
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- Matthew Jukes

The Daily Telegraph

An award-winningmanzanilla that’s fresh and reminiscent of salted cashews.

- Victoria Moore

The Daily Telegraph

The most delicate of sherries, manzanilla tastes like a gasp of sea air and just-baked sourdough. In her brilliant new sherry ebook, Fiona Beckett suggests drinking manzanilla with fish tacos....
The most delicate of sherries, manzanilla tastes like a gasp of sea air and just-baked sourdough. In her brilliant new sherry ebook, Fiona Beckett suggests drinking manzanilla with fish tacos. Great idea.
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- Victoria Moore

The Scotsman

A touch richer incolour [than others tasted] with an elegant and nutty character and a distinctwhiff of hay; quite herby and briny too. A much awarded Manzanilla from therespected old Williams &...
A touch richer incolour [than others tasted] with an elegant and nutty character and a distinctwhiff of hay; quite herby and briny too. A much awarded Manzanilla from therespected old Williams & Humbert firm (who now own the biggest wine cellarin Europe at 180,000m2).
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- Rose Murray Brown

Daily Mail

<span style='font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;...
<span style='font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;'><font color="#000000">I drink a lot ofManzanilla at home and I have convinced most of my friends to do thesame.  The most vital and refreshing style of Sherry, Alegria is abargain-priced Manzanilla and it lacks nothing in perfume or flavour. Drink it with the Ivy shellfish cocktail.</font></span>
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The Guardian

Distinctively sharpand salty sherry from the coastal town of Sanlucar. Try with fried fish or saltcod croquetas.

- Fiona Beckett

The Times

<span style='font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;...
<span style='font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;'><font color="#000000">Delightfully cheap,light, elegant, sea-breezy manzanilla with a terrific meaty, iodine punch onthe finish. - Jane MacQuitty</font></span>
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