Cheers to Dickens

17 January 2012

Ehrmanns is proud to announce the sponsorship, from our prestigious Sherry Bodega Williams & Humbert, of the Celebrations of Dickens’s 200th Birthday.

During 2012 London will celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of one of its greatest writers, Charles Dickens (1812-1870). Jose Luis Jimenez, the academic from Jerez has been invited by the Dickens Museum director and commissionaire,  Florian Schweizer, for the bicentenary celebration. He will be presenting his Work: ‘Sherry with Dickens’, about the well claimed novelists relationship with the wine from Jerez, which featured so much in his Novels as well as in his private life. This commemorative event where the guests will raise glasses in memory of Dickens will feature these Sherries from Williams & Humbert:

‘Alegria’ Manzanilla – From the seaside town of Sanlucar de Barrameda, this Manzanilla has a pungent ‘yeasty’ aroma, light and fresh on the palate. ‘Alegria’ is the Spanish word for happiness.

‘Dry Sack’ Oloroso 15 Years Old – This is the first age dated Sherry on the market. From the finest Oloroso Soleras of at least 15 years old, we add a touch of 20 Year Old Certified V.O.S. (Very Old Sherry) Pedro Ximenez ‘Don Guido’ Sherry, to give a hint of sweetness on the finish.

Dos Cortados’ Palo Cortado V.O.S. 20 Years Old. A rarity, produced through ageing by oxidation of exceptionally fine wines. A delicate Fino or Manzanilla were the ‘Flor’ (layer of yeast) does not completely form and breaks up. This Sherry is aged with the oxidative process for a minimum of 20 years, it has a dark amber, bright mahogany colour and combines the delicate pungent nose of Amontillados and the structure and roundness of Olorosos.

Williams & Humbert Collection 12 Year Old Oloroso: This Sherry is created using the oxidative aging process in the Oloroso Criaderas and Soleras for a minimum of 12 years. Intense, walnut, nutty nose, very dry, rich with hints of nuts and fruits with a long finish.

‘Don Guido’ Pedro Ximenez  V.O.S. 20 Year Old Sherry: Once harvested, the Pedro Ximenez grapes are left under the Andalusian sun for about two weeks and become almost raisin. The Sherry is then aged in our Criaders and Soleras and is Certified by the Sherry Regulating Council as having an average age of at least 20 years, V.O.S. (Very Old Sherry). Mouth-wateringly luscious, smooth and velvety, very rich and sweet with a delightfully long aftertaste.

Dry Sack Medium: A blend of Oloroso, Amontillado and Pedro Ximenez sherry, each individually aged for 3 years in the Dry Sack Criadera, and then blended and further aged for another 3 years in the Dry Sack Criaderas and Soleras, producing a harmonious blend, with a deep yet delicate bouquet with hints of nuts and full on the palate.

Two major events taking place on 7 February 2012, the date of Dickens’s actual birthday.

Wreathlaying Ceremony at Westminster Abbey at 11am

Bicentenary fundraising dinner at Mansion House, 6.45pm

Tickets at £120 include a three-course meal, sherry reception, entertainment, gift pack. Speakers: Lord Mayor David Wootton, Sir Patrick Stewart, Matthew Dent (designer of the £2 coin issued by The Royal Mint to commemorate Dickens’s bicentenary).

To purchase tickets contact: Events Department, Charles Dickens Museum, 48 Doughty Street, London, WC1N 2LX,


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