This week sees the return of International Sherry Week (November 6 to 12), a calendar event that raises a glass to the unique sherry wines of Southern Spain.  In celebration of the annual event El Gato Negro has compiled a trio of perfect pairings, combining three of the acclaimed restaurant’s very best sherries with a light bite for diners.

Equipo Navazos, ‘I Think’ Manzanilla En Rama 2017, Sanlúcar de Barrameda: bottled ‘En Rama’ (meaning only lightly filtered) is a wonderful Manzanilla boasting fresh aromatics, a signature salty tang, plenty of acidity and a little lemon twist.  It is ideally paired with Para

Picar starters or Charcuterie dishes.

El Gato Negro recommends pairing this with… Anchovy fillets on crostini, or Spanish meats

Price: £6 for a glass / £28 for a bottle

Emilio Lustau ‘Don Nuño’ Oloroso, Jerez: a wonderfully complex and intense sherry which has aged for 12 years in the bodegas of Jerez. Dark chocolate and walnuts on the nose, and a balance on the palette to match perfectly with the rich deep umami flavours of beef, onion and mushroom.

El Gato Negro recommends pairing this with… Braised ox cheek with horseradish mash, baby onions, button mushrooms and pancetta

Price: £45 a bottle

Emilio Lustau Moscatel Emilin, Solera Familiar, Jerez: made from the less common Moscatel grape, Emilin is aged in American oak for eight years. Characterised by a deep colour with intense floral aromas, figs, raisins and walnuts. Full-bodied and sweet but balanced with elevated natural acidity, a perfect dessert wine to match with sweet and fruity dishes.

El Gato Negro recommends pairing this with… Raspberry, white chocolate and lemon macaroons, fresh raspberries, white chocolate crumb and raspberry sorbet

Price: £7 for a glass / £55 for a bottle

The above special pairings are just three of 15 unique sherries and dessert wines to be enjoyed at El Gato Negro, available across all three floors of the restaurant.

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