In a nutshell: A half bottle of a classic, pale and refreshing Manzanilla.
The lowdown: Manzanilla, like Fino sherry, is pale, light, dry and tangy style of sherry usually drunk well chilled as an aperitif. Because they're aged by the sea in the town of Sanlúcar de Barrameda Manzanilla is always reckoned to have a slightly saline, briny edge to it. La Guita is one of the most popular Sherries in its home country of Spain. It's aged for an average of 4-5 years and made predominantly with grapes sourced from the renowned Miraflores vineyards in the locality. It's bracingly dry, fresh and tangy with flavours of apple, almond, green olives and hints of a chalky minerality. The finish is nicely clean and fresh with a subtle nutty hint.
When to drink: The quintessential Manzanilla, simply serve it well chilled with some salted almonds and green olives.
La Guita Manzanilla has been produced at Bodegas Hijos de Rainera Perez Martin in the coastal town of Sanlúcar de Barrameda since 1852 and is pretty much the only wine they make there. The La Guita brand is one of the biggest selling Manzanillas both in Spain and abroad. In 2007 they joined the Grupo Jose Estevez which has united it with a couple of other well known Sherry labels, Valdespino and Marqués del Real Tesoro.