Manzanilla / Serving Tips

Choose the right wine glass

Long-stemmed, thin glass

Manzanilla is a white wine so white wine stemware will always be right for serving Manzanilla. Make sure the glass is thin and can be held by the stem so as not to warm the wine.

The well-known catavino is often used in bars where space is at a premium as clients stand at the bar while having tapas. However, make sure the bowl is large enough and the glass thin enough to allow the wine to express its features.

Temperature is key

Between 6º and 8ºC
Temperature is one of the most important factors when serving Manzanilla. It must always be served well-chilled, between 6º and 8ºC and therefore best kept in the fridge until right before pouring.

How do I store Manzanilla?

Manzanilla is a young wine and, as such, very delicate. It will begin evolving in the bottle much earlier than other fortified wines. The fact is, Manzanilla drawn from the barrel goes through a dramatic change in environment. Up to that point, it had been protected by the velo de flor, preventing it from oxidating. Bottle ageing doesn’t have to be a bad thing, though. It simply lends different nuances to a wine. In fact, Manzanilla doesn’t expire but what we do want is to consume it while it still retains the maximum expression it had when we acquired it. So, please consider these tips:
Closed bottle
Manzanilla can be kept unopened for about 18 months as long as it is stored in a dark, stable environment, protected from vibrations or changes in temperature. Best kept in an upright position to reduce the amount of space exposed to oxidation inside the bottle.
Opened bottle
Once opened, we recommend you consume Manzanilla within a week. Always keep it in the refrigerator with the cap tightly closed.

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Tasting Manzanilla

Wine tasting is an exercise in sensorial analysis that involves using all five senses. That’s why hosting a wine tasting should lend itself to creating the ideal conditions for the analysis to be correct and helps tasters perceive all the attributes the wine has to offer in terms of colour, aroma, flavour, texture, etc.

For the purpose of tasting, you can use the classic catavino or any white wine glass, as long as the crystal is thin. We suggest you choose a well-lighted room, placing the glasses on a white surface which makes it easier to determine the wine’s organoleptic features.

It’s also important to avoid using perfume, tobacco or any other substance or place whose smell could affect the tasting perceptions.