Emilio Hidalgo | Jerez, Spain
We are incorrigible. A recent trip to Jerez was to acquaint ourselves better with our pre-established Sherry producers - not to add anybody to the roster. And yet somewhere in the cellars of Emilio Hidalgo, we realized that we could not live without these subtle, vital and venerable wines.
Is that not a viable buying strategy? To import wines that, if all else fails, we would be willing to drink in vast quantity ourselves? Besides, this operation based in the heart of Jerez provided a missing link for us – a small-scale, family-run Sherry bodega brimming with history, integrity and irresistible wine. Admittedly, these are not wines that we needed, but the fact that we pursued them anyway proves how badly we wanted them! And as more and more of you learn how rewarding and life-enriching the consumption of fine Sherry wine can be, we’ll be ready for you…
Fernando Hidalgo, one of the fifth-generation proprietors currently at the helm, explained to us that very little has changed at the bodega since its inception in 1874. No flare, no techno-wizardry, just careful handling of fine wine and the resilient patience to let it develop into something more sublime. Even the Olorosos begin their lives with some flor influence (or at least the encouragement of biological development) before each barrel pursues its destiny and as a result, the Emilio Hidalgo house style tends towards wines of elegance and levity.