By: Julian Jeffs

Publication date: August 2016
ISBN-13 (print): 9781908984746
ISBN-13 (e-book): 9781910902325

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The fully updated sixth edition of Julian Jeffs’ Sherry explores the links between Jerez’s history and culture, and the development of the sherry trade. It provides extensive details of shippers, from the traditional family firms to the new boutique bodegas, along with thorough appendices for those who wish to delve into the fine details.

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Fully revised and updated for its sixth edition, this benchmark book recounts the exciting and turbulent evolution of the sherry region and explores how its history and culture are intertwined with the sherry trade. Julian Jeffs chronicles the changing face of sherry – its viticultural methods, the complex production techniques, the growth of the wine’s trade and the region itself – taking us from the area’s early Phoenician settlers right up to the present day. The detailed sections on cultivation and production include information on both traditional and the now more commonly used modern methods of viticulture. Manzanilla, the “wine of joy”, receives an entire chapter to itself before Jeffs brings the information on blending and tasting sherry up to date. He also provides extensive details of all the shippers, from the traditional family firms to the new boutique bodegas, along with thorough appendices for those who wish to delve into the fine details. This classic wine book unravels the timeless appeal of one of Spain’s greatest wines, making it an essential resource for both sherry enthusiasts and those involved in the world of sherry.

Pages: 272
Language: English
Publisher: Infinite Ideas Ltd
Edition: 6
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Julian Jeffs

Julian Jeffs is the world’s leading authority on sherry and has written several books on Spanish wine. After leaving Cambridge Julian Jeffs got a job (by accident) in the sherry trade in Jerez, working in a bodega and seeing every stage in the production of wine. Called to the Bar in 1958 he took two years off to write the first edition of this book. He also wrote two more books on wine and others on law. A past President of the Circle of Wine Writers, he was General Editor of Faber Wine Books.

Books: Sherry

Review of Sherry

"His intimate knowledge of this most versatile of fortified wines shines through every page."

--Gavin D. Smith, Times Literary Supplement Review

"Very few books on Sherry in English compare to this work."


"Exceptional [...] This is an obligatory purchase for any wine library."

--Wayward Tendrils Quarterly

“A worthy update."

--Decanter Magazine

"This book about Sherry is a classic [...] No stones are left unturned, all aspects are covered: history, terroir, the land, production, the trade and the shippers and the different styles of sherry of course."

--BKWine Magazine

"Written in such an attractive manner that is a joy to read."

"The definitive work about this luscious wine."

--The Foody Traveller

"Start here for your own personal journey into this unique wine."

--Wine Wisdom

"The classic book … Since 1961 when it first came out this has been rightly regarded as the standard work."  

--The Times

"As a combination of history, description and appreciation it is difficult to believe that it will be supplanted."

--Financial Times

A collection of authoritative books on the world’s top three fortified wines. In Port and the Douro, Richard Mayson details the different styles of port and explores the most significant producers – from big names to boutique makers. With vintage reports stretching back to 1896, Port and the Douro is an indispensable reference guide to one of the world’s greatest fortified wines. The sixth, fully revised and updated edition of Julian Jeffs’ Sherry explores the fascinating, turbulent history of the sherry region and details its wine production – from the planting of vines in the south of Andalusia and the complex stages of fermentation, ageing, and blending, to the moment it leaves the bottle. Richard Mayson also provides the third book in this set, Madeira: The islands and their wines. One of the most enthralling of the world’s wines as well as the most resilient, Madeira is currently experiencing a renaissance. Here, Mayson uses his considerable experience of fortified wines to explain Madeira’s magic.