Question: If you open a bottle of wine, even fine wine, and don't plan to finish it in a few days or so, I know you must refrigerate it to keep it from spoiling. Does the same hold true for Sherry?
Answers: If you open a bottle of wine, even fine wine, and don't plan to finish it in a few days or so, I know you must refrigerate it to keep it from spoiling. Does the same hold true for Sherry?
I greatly depends on the type of sherry.
Fino/Manzanilla sherries are lightly fortified and inoculated with a local yeast from Jerez called flor. It protects the wine from oxidation. After a short period of aging under this flor these sherries are bottled. They are meant to be drunk young (within a year) and should be consumed within days of opening. They are a very light color and should be served very cold.
Amontillado sherry spends a short time under flor before being further fortified to about 20% and taken off the flor. This allows oxidation turning the sherry darker. These sherries will last longer once opened depending on how long it aged oxidatively.
Oloroso sherry is immediately fortified to 20% after fermentation and aged oxidatively for the entire time. It is less subject to change once opened so they are a better candidate for long term storage once opened.
Sweet sherries made from Moscatel or Pedro Ximenez or cream sherries made from a Oloroso blended with Moscatel or PX are rich, very sweet and can also stand to be opened longer.
In any case keep them standing up once opened and away from heat or light. Sherries are fortified so they are more bulletproof than typical wine but they aren't 40% distilled spirit either. I would drink all of them sooner than later.
No but many people prefer to drink it from the fridge.
no not at all.
Sherry is fortified, so it can remain on the shelf, but i would keep in it a cool place