WINE

Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE - ANDY CRONSHAW

THE ques­tion ‘Would you like a sherry?’ is of­ten greeted with a vig­or­ous shake of the head and the re­sponse along the lines of ‘sorry I don’t re­ally like it’ or ‘ugh no... sherry?!’

Like port, sherry is in­grained in the Bri­tish psy­che.

Mavis Ri­ley, the char­ac­ter who sym­bol­ised the very essence of a sort of but­toned up, re­pressed ver­sion of English­ness, al­ways used to or­der a sweet sherry in the Rovers Re­turn.

Sherry be­came un­fash­ion­able; a drink for older peo­ple which was left in cup­boards gath­er­ing dust un­til it be­came so un­palat­able that one swig might prove how aw­ful it was in the first place.

It comes in a be­wil­der­ing range of styles al­though, in fact,

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