What's New in September

A Drink From The Porron

Sacristías

In Sherry, there are amazing lost treasures that time has forgotten. Once a year, we receive a small shipment of these rarefied wines known as Sacristías or the Sacred Objects.

I will never forget the moment I came across these wines for the first time. Ten years ago, Doña Pilar of El Maestro Sierra took me by the hand and led me straight to the two barrels of Amontillado from the bodega’s original 1830 solera. It was an emotional moment for me because I realized that I was tasting one of the great wines of the world. These wines are a true reflection of the bodega as terroir. Open a bottle and smell the casks handcrafted by Juan Antonio Sierra over two hundred years ago.

My latest discovery was made in Chipiona, one of the most devastated towns of the Sherry trade, and home to César Florido's bodega. At one point in history there were 83 wineries in this small, coastal village. Today, César Florido is the last independent producer in operation. César had been reorganizing his family’s bodega for several years. One day he proudly led me to a dark corner of his Bodega where he unveiled some very special barrels of a Palo Cortado. Knowing my obsession for these wines, he proposed to bottle a limited release of these barrels for only the US market. I was honored by the generosity of his gesture to bestow us these rare wines.

These Sacristías are true treasures produced in very limited editions. We are receiving 25 six-packs of each of the Sacrisitías and they are available on a first come first serve basis. We are also offering the rare Maestro Sierra Brandies as part of this offering.

This year none of them will bear the designation of their ageing. This is a decision that Maestro Sierra and César Florido both have taken based on their personal conviction. To learn more about this and the secrets of the Sacristías see my article on our website.

André Tamers

A New Look for De Maison Selections

We designed the logo incorporating the porron over fifteen years ago. It has served us well, and it seemed appropriate to do an update this year. The logo has been a marker of our philosophy and commitment to the producers we represent. In addition to the change in the graphic, we have added the word spirits because it is now a part of our vision. We are very excited to introduce the new logo to all our customers and suppliers.