How well do you know Valdespino ?

The world of wine is vibrant, constantly changing and ever so interesting. Everyday wine enthusiasts can learn & share their new experiences with good food & friends. So the following ‘Wine Quiz’ is a little bit of fun and learning for all - and for those a little more competitive a personal test of your wine knowledge.

● So you think you know how Valdespino?
● Or - You think you know the Sherries crafted by Valdespino?

Take this short Valdespino Sherry Quiz & find out.

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Valdespino has a history that dates back to 1264, when King Alfonso X rewarded a knight called Alfonso Valdespino for helping liberate Jerez from the Moors. Valdespino was given a parcel of vineyards and started making wine. But when did small commercial wine activities start?

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The quality and reputation of Valdespino quickly gained fame and they became the official supplier of Sherry to the Royal House of Spain and which other?

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Valdespino has always been renowned for its heritage, staying within the Valdespino family for centuries. Until it was eventually sold to the Estévez Group - owned by José Estévez in which year?

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The Estévez company, owned by José Estévez, now owns this iconic Sherry House. But how did José Estévez who has always been a Sherry aficionado make his fortune?

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The stunning cellars at Valdespino are renowned for the oak barrels they use to make their impressive Criadera's. Approximately how many oak 'Butt' barrels (500L) are used in their cellars to age Sherry?

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Which of the following people is the highly acclaimed winemaker & technical director at the Sherry House of Valdespino?

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Valdespino currently owns 56 hectares of vineyards and has control & access to a great deal more across the region. But all of their 'own' vineyards are planted with which grape?

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Which of the following Valdespino Sherry’s is made and aged until ready to be bottled - under a complete / thick layer of yeast known as 'Flor'?

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Valdespino is highly respected within the industry for its attention to detail, and their quality Sherries made using traditional techniques & processes - which of the following statements is correct?

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Valdespino ‘Don Gonzalo’ V.O.S. is a dry-style 'Oloroso' Sherry - is has been lightly sweetened with Pedro Ximénez. This highly acclaimed Sherry is sourced from a Criadera that was started back in 1842. But what is the age of the Valdespino ‘Don Gonzalo’ Oloroso V.O.S. Sherry?

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Valdespino also produce a classic Sherry sourced and aged in the village of Sanlúcar de Barrameda - known as Manzanilla ‘Deliciosa’ - arguably the best known Manzanilla aged for around 5 to 6 years. But what does Manzanilla translate to in English?

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Valdespino is also famous for its ‘El Candado’ P.X. Sherry, aged for 10+ years - named for the padlock used to secure the barrel. 'Candado' is the Spanish word for 'padlock', and each bottle is sealed with one. It is also very sweet, with just over 400g/L of residual sugar. Which of the following would be an ideal desert pairing?

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