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Six bottles of sherry

Best supermarket sherry

Published: August 20, 2021 at 4:27 pm
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Looking for the best supermarket wine? Discover our favourite bottles of sweet and dry sherry, including budget options

Looking for the best supermarket wine? Want to know which sherry to buy? Read on for the best bottles from a variety of price points…

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For post-supper sipping, check out the best digestifs to try.


How we chose the winners

The olive team chose 21 categories for own-brand and retailer-exclusive supermarket wines, covering different grape varieties, styles and price points. The supermarkets were invited to enter one wine per category (so they had to choose carefully). Every wine was blind-tasted by a panel of olive judges (led by olive wine columnist, drinks author and sommelier Kate Hawkings), who awarded gold, silver and bronze winners. In some categories, where the standard was high, we awarded joint winners. So, if you see those labels on your next shop – trust us, these bottles are brilliant!

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Best dry sherry

Gold: Waitrose No.1 Don Gaspar Dry Amontillado Lustau Sherry, £11.99

A gorgeous dry sherry with roast nuts and caramelised oranges on the palate. Deep and complex, and delicious to drink.

Perfect pairing: enjoy with a wedge of manchego


Silver: Tesco Finest Fino Sherry, £6

Intensely savoury with appetising yeasty and nutty notes and beautifully crisp and dry.

Perfect pairing: Try our ham croquetas

Tesco Finest Fino Sherry,

Bronze: Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Dry Fino Sherry £8

Great value fino with toasted almonds on the nose and a clean, salty finish.

Perfect pairing: sip alongside salted anchovies.

Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Dry Fino Sherry

Best sweet sherry

Joint gold: M&S Lustau Rare Pedro Ximenez, £9

Bursting with figs, nuts and candied fruit, this is intensely sweet but nicely balanced and not too cloying.

Perfect pairing: Try our Christmas pudding


Joint gold: Asda Cream Sherry, £7.30

A toasty, not-too-sticky sweet sherry with pecan, caramelised oranges, dried apricots and a silky, creamy texture.

Perfect pairing: a wedge of blue cheese

Asda Cream Sherry

Joint silver: Lidl Tio Nico Cream Sherry, £5.29

Caramelised walnuts, toffee apples and a little citric freshness in this great-value sherry.

Perfect pairing: Try our pecan pie


Joint silver: Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference 12-Year-Old Sweet Pedro Ximenez, £8

Silky and very luscious with layers of raisins, cinder toffee, dried figs and marmalade.

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Perfect pairing: Try pouring over ice cream

Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference 12-Year-Old Sweet Pedro Ximenez

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