Spanish fortified wine from the province of Cadiz. Sherry is made in two basic types: Fino (always dry) and Oloroso (usually sweet and aged). Fino Sherry has a long second fermentation during which a yeast growth known as flor develops on top of the wine, adding flavor and protecting the wine from oxygen. All sherry is fermented dry; most oloroso sherry is sweetened with wines, must (unfermented juice often from Pedro Ximenez or Muscat grapes) or cooked must. Sherry is also often blended and aged by the solera system, a process of blending young wine with older wine to achieve complexity in a shorter period of time.

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