The wine industry has been crying out for a book like this on Sherry for two decades. It is clear, technically precise and extremely easy to read. It clears up many misunderstandings about the genre, fills in huge gaps in common understanding, including where and how the raw materials are grown, what terms like ‘Palo Cortado’ actually mean (something which took me years to fully understand), and is wonderfully easy to read!
— Joe Wadsack – Wine Journalist, T.V. Presenter and Blogger.
Students of wine, whether they be studying for the Master of Wine, MS or WSET Diploma have long needed an authoritative guide to that most fascinating and complex wine that is Sherry. Philip’s deep and longstanding knowledge of the region and its bodegas coupled with his fascination with the wine provides the reader with an insight which is not available elsewhere.
— Phil Reedman M.W. - Wine Educator and Consultant, Adelaide, Australia.
This absolutely fantastic read should become the ‘go-to’ sherry book for all WSET Diploma students studying for their fortified exam.
It provides a compelling update on the current state of the sherry industry, following major recent changes, both in the region itself and its international markets.
However, it is Rowles’ dynamic and down-to-earth narrative which really sets this book apart from others. Drawing on his wealth of Jerezano experience, he de-mystifies the production processes, renders even the most complex topics accessible, and transmits his contagious enthusiasm for all things sherry to the reader. A must read.
— Mary Wright – 2018 Diploma student and Gran Orden de Caballeros Scholar 2017