Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A full-bodied, medium-sweet sherry.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A type of sherry, darker and smoother than fino sherry, used as a base for sweetened sherries.

Etymologies

Italian, fragrant, from Late Latin *olōrōsus, variant of odōrōsus, from Latin odor, odōr-, odor.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Spanish (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The last style is oloroso, which is an altogether richer sherry, with intense, walnut and raisin characteristics; these can be either sweet or dry and, as opposed to finos, which are made from grapes grown on chalky soils, they tend to come from grapes grown on heavier clay.

    Sherry's Joyous Value

  • Those who have any doubt about sherry should go and buy a bottle of a good Palo Cortado, a sherry mid point between a fine oloroso and amontillado.

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  • He also suggests sherry, perhaps a fino or an oloroso.

    Oysters Come Back in Vogue

  • Pour a little grappa, oloroso sherry or Grand Marnier over the caramel as you turn it out.

    Nigel Slater's classic crème caramel

  • There are three main styles: fino and manzanilla; amontillado ; and oloroso .

    Sherry's Joyous Value

  • Amontillado is a matured fino with nutty, caramel notes, while oloroso is generally sweeter and more complex, with hints of caramel and toffee, dried fruits and spice.

    The sherry revival

  • Jose Pizarro, chef at the restaurant Brindisa, in London's Borough Market, recommends cooking beef in oloroso, while for game or offal he suggests amontillado.

    The sherry revival

  • Heston Blumenthal has paired crab with amontillado and smoked mackerel with oloroso.

    The sherry revival

  • As a thumbnail guide, sherries are best understood in descending order, with fino at the top, being the lightest in color and body, and darker, weightier oloroso at the bottom.

    The Winter Aperitif

  • It is made in the Jerez region in southern Spain and comes in four main styles of increasing sweetness and heaviness: fino (also called manzanilla), palo cortado, amontillado, and oloroso.

    Molly Laas: Enjoying Sherry

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  • It sounds like sad sherry.

    December 18, 2007

  • A sherry of golden color and medium sweetness.

    December 18, 2007