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Sunday 25 March 2007

Sanlucar de Barrameda and a visit to a Manzanilla Bodega

On my way to Seville from Jerez on Friday I passed by Sanlucar de Barrameda in the morning and visited the Bodegas Pedro Romero, one of the well-known makers of manzanilla in this coastal city. I was extremely fortunate to be offered a personal guided tour immediately upon my arrival there at 11 a.m. and did not have to wait until the scheduled visit time of midday. The guide available was a young German lady who, however, spoke little English. When she discovered that I spoke French though her face brightened and that's the language the tour was conducted in. I love the freshness of Manzanilla; it is a little lighter in style than fino sherry, attributed they say to the effect of the humid and salty air on the coast. The luscious Pedro Ximenez style was also a treat; I have only sampled this a few times before, but a bottle was included as one of the several bottles I acquired at the end of the visit!

Bodegas Pedro Romero, Sanlucar de Barrameda
23 MAR 2007
A view of a small part of one of the bodegas

Staff at work carrying out the criadera and solera rotations

Glasses of Manzanilla drawn straight from the barrel.

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On Saturday I spent a full day visiting the Alcazar and the Cathedral in Seville and took many photographs - once I've had a few hours sleep (and the clocks go forward an hour tonight!) I may get aroound to doing a post later in the morning about these visits, or possibly I'll do it when I reach Malaga in the late afternoon of Sunday.

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