In his New York Times column The Pour, Eric Asimov reviews several wine books of 2012, including Sherry, Manzanilla & Montilla. Asimov notes the lack of a modern, English-language text on sherry, and says, “Few writers are as well placed to fill this void as [Liem & Barquín].”
Together, they have produced a readable survey of the history, methods and styles of the region and the challenges and opportunities it faces, along with exceedingly useful critical profiles of the leading bodegas of sherry and Montilla.
All of this would be enough to justify “Sherry,” but the book goes further. In a lucid, understated, wry and subtly subversive manner, “Sherry” questions much of the conventional wisdom about how the wines are made and how it should best be consumed. In this way, it functions not only as an excellent summation of what has been, but also as a wise and hopeful vision of what can be.
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