Wisdom & Warter Extra Amontillado Sherry ($9.49)
This modestly priced Amontillado is a clear, light golden-brown, approaching a caramel color. Its appealing aroma is full of nutlike character that mixes walnuts with something lighter like pecans. It's all walnuts in the flavor, though; black walnuts, freshly cracked from the shell, rich and full-bodied, with a hint of a yeasty fresh-bread note and a gently sharp lemony tang to add structure and flavor interest. Neither a traditional table wine nor a dessert wine, it requires Sherry's usual paradigm reset, well worth making the effort on a cold winter night. US Importer: Excelsior Wine and Spirits, Old Brookville, N.Y. (Feb 1, 2004)

FOOD MATCH: Served by itself as an after-dinner drink. For accompanying munchies, think of complementary flavors: Cracked nuts, robust cheeses (even blue cheese) and dried fruit.

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