Carlos’ Pick: Valdespino Sherry Fino Inocente, $28
This single-vineyard Sherry from the Macharnudo Alto is a testament to tradition. While most other makers are using stainless steel, Valdespino is all about the oak. Fermenting under the ‘flor’ of native yeasts in barrels gives this wine depth and a rich texture, as well as a relatively deep color. You can truly taste the character of the terroir here. A nose of hay, almonds and even a touch of vanilla with a briny palate of toasted nuts, combine to bring this dry sherry alive. Wait, did I just say dry? Why yes I did! Fino is a dry style of sherry made from the Palomino grape. Definitely worth trying!