Thursday, December 10, 2009

My Secret Obsession

I am embarrassed to admit it, but here it is.

OK, I first discovered it at a B&B we stayed at up in the Birkshires a couple of years ago. It is a nice, sweet, relaxing drink to have in the evening. Here is the interesting facts about it on Wikipedia. "Bristol Cream is a brand of Spanish Sherry, which has been imported into and bottled in Bristol, England since 1796 by John Harvey & Sons of Bristol. Contrary to popular belief, the term "Cream Sherry" does not reflect the use of any dairy ingredients in the recipe. The popular story is that in the 1860s, a visitor to the Harveys' cellars was given a taste of a new blend of sherry. When compared to Bristol Milk, she said, "If that be Milk, then this is Cream." The enterprising Harveys named the new blend "Cream Sherry" accordingly. Bristol cream is a common ingredient in lobster bisque."

And in 2008 the packaging redesign won a Silver Pentaward, according to The Dieline.

So last weekend we took the kids to The Chocolate World Expo, because besides Hebrew school, indoor soccer, basketball and Tae Kwon Do, we really didn't have anything to do on Sunday afternoon. We found some really great locally made sources including, Hunt Country Vineyards from The Finger Lakes region of New York. And I managed to pick up a bottle of their Cream Sherry.
It has a little lighter taste and it is locally made, always a plus. Enjoy!


  1. Great post Robin! I've always wondered about the term "cream sherry" and I just had some Hunt Country Vineyard wines at the NYS Harvest Festival. You're right...very yummy. I always feel so lucky to live so close the the Finger Lakes!

  2. Thanks Erin. I also tasted and bought a bottle of their Vignoles, Late Harvest, which is called that because they leave the grapes on the vine until the last possible moment and then they get a very sweet and fruity after dinner wine.