Sherry is a fortified wine. It is typically produced from grapes grown in the Spanish region of Jerez. The name sherry is an Anglicization of Jerez. Although sherry is produced in other parts of the world, too, the Spanish have tried to protect the name and reserve it for the Jerez region alone. This is recognized in the European Union, though not worldwide.
Sherry is usually made using the solera blending method, which involves blending wines of several vintages together and fortifying the final product with high-proof brandy. The process involves a complex system of oak barrels and takes a minimum of 3 years.
A popular dessert wine, sherry is sweet and also often also added to cakes and puddings.