|I took this picture in 2009, at Star Bar in Ginza. I had no idea at the time that I was looking at the last Xerez-Quina still produced.|
Why does this matter? Well, because you are looking at the last remaining example of the Sherry equivalent to Barolo Chinato. This is Sherry that has been infused with quinine, herbs, and spices. A solera aged wine made into a Spanish Chinato.
What other Xerez-Quina labels were there in the past? Well, Ruiz was one. So was Agustin Blazquez. Saenz. R. O'Neale. Merito. Los Arbolitos. Bodegas Morilla "Santa Lucia". V. Diaz & Co., A&A Sancho, Jorge Thuillier, and Luis Caballero. And a few more.
But we are left now with a single example of Xerez-Quina, of which only a small quantity is made, and none imported into the United States.
I wonder if we will let this last example also disappear, as we cast about for something clever to say on Twitter.