Definition - What does Sherry mean?
Sherry is a type of fortified wine made in Spain from grapes grown in the Andalusia region. The name "Sherry" is protected by the Spanish Estatuto del Vino (Wine Law), which regulates the production of Sherry in Spain. Fortified wines made in other countries can use the name "Sherry", however, they can’t be sold in Europe, as the EU recognizes the name protection
WineFrog explains Sherry
The grapes used to produce Sherry, have to be grown in the region known as the Sherry Triangle, the wine region between Jerez de la Frontera, Cadiz and Sanlucar de Barrameda in Spain. Sherry is classified by the types of grapes used, the amount of alcohol in the finished wine and how long the sherry has been aged.
Light-bodied Sherries include Manzanilla and Fino, with an alcohol percentage of 15.5% while darker, more full-bodied Sherries include Oloroso and Amontillado, with an alcohol percentage of 17%. Sherry typically presents initially as dry on the palate, followed by sweetness due to being fortified after distillation.