November 01, 2006

Domecq La Ina Fino Sherry, $15

Next to half-bottles, Sherry is the single wine-lover's best friend. It lasts a little longer than most savory wines because of the way it's made: It's aged in wooden barrels that let air in and allow a film of yeast cells, called flor, to develop on the surface. It sounds gross, but it also contributes to Sherry's delicious, mushroomy bass notes.

That, together with Sherry's salty, brisk bite and bright, fruity aromas make it a terrific companion to the sorts of foods many of us dine on when we can't be bothered to cook for ourselves – handfuls of salted nuts, potato chip-and-cheddar sandwiches or sardines on Triscuits. (Try it — it's addictive.)

La Ina is said to be the best-selling fino, and with its salty, sea-air tang and juicy, pearlike flavors, it's easy to taste why.

Imported by Allied Domecq Wines USA, Healdsburg, Calif.

This review first appeared in the Denver Post.

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