Stephen Quinn, Digital Development Editor of South China Morning Post, poses to photographer in the studio Thursday, December 29th, 2011, at the SCMP Studio on Leighton Office in Causebay Bay.
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The best-known wines from Spain and Portugal, the nations of the Iberian Peninsula, are sherry from Spain, and port from Portugal. These featured at this year's Big Fortified Tasting in London, the largest wine fair in the world dedicated to fortified wines. Mild winters with an average minimum of 4 degrees Celsius and hot summers (average maximum 40 degrees Celsius) plus good rainfall make Jerez an excellent region in which to grow grapes.Only palamino, pedro ximenez and moscatel grapes can be used to make sherry, yet the range and variety of wines produced is wide and impressive. Sweet sherries are usually made from pedro ximenez and moscatel grapes and these grapes are sometimes dried in the sun to concentrate flavors. Sherries are classified into three types: Vinos generosos, which are dry, vinos dolces naturales (sweet) and vinos generosos de liqueur.Wines lose 3-4 per cent of total volume each year.Port is another wine that complements the end of a meal.In Asia's hot climates port and sherry should be served chilled.
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