Sherry has been frequently mentioned in literature, including several of Shakespeare's plays (usually as "sack"). My favorite literary reference to Sherry is in Edgar Allen Poe's short story, "The Cask of Amontillado." The full text is here, and it only takes about 10 minutes to read the whole story. Without giving away the plot, I can say that I love the association of wine cellars with burial and crypts. As you'll see in the cheat sheet, Amontillado is a type of Sherry that develops flor (a film of yeast on top of the wine), but then the flor dies or is killed. Poe cleverly uses Amontillado (and flor) as a metaphor for...well, what happens at the end... This story might also have the best opening line of any short story ever.
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