Last month my German friend Oskar called and told me that he would come to Madrid for a quick visit. I wanted to make his visit as unforgettable as possible and, apart from the sightseeing musts in Madrid like the main square Plaza Mayor, Puerta de Sol, or the kings palace Palacio Real, I wanted to show him something different: The Mercado de San Miguel – San Miguel Market, a charming place that I recently discovered and which offers delicious Spanish tapas and, amongst a lot of other things, sherry wines.


What is more authentic then sherry wines? That is why I reserved an audioguided sherry taste at The Sherry Corner, a charming specialized sherry store in the middle of the trendy market. To be honest: I have never done such an audioguided sherry taste before. But all the time I visited Mercado de San Miguel I saw the publicity and thought: This is something I have to try! And I was sure that Oskar would love it!

We meet at Plaza Mayor, the main square of Madrid

Finally the day arrived and I meet my friend Oskar at the main square of Madrid, Plaza Mayor. Is there a better place to start a visit of Madrid? Just in this moment a police officer on a horse showed up right next to us. Oskar took the chance to take his first picture of Madrid…

 

We stop in front of San Miguel Market

a breathtaking building out of steel and glass. Already from the outside you can feel its power of attraction. “This looks like fun” my friend Oskar said. Once inside we see a lot of different food stalls, each of them dedicated to a different products or themes. One sells cheese, another one sells the typical Spanish ham, jamón, a third one delicious olive tapas and so on. In the middle of the market there are tables and people are enjoying the different products which they have gotten form the different stalls. We walk around a little in order to inhale this very special Spanish atmosphere and quickly find our destination, The Sherry Corner, with its colorful decoration of the wine barrels. There we order our audio tasting.

 
We stop in front of San Miguel Market, a breathtaking building out of steel and glass. Already from the outside you can feel its power of attraction. “This looks like fun” my friend Oskar said. Once inside we see a lot of different food stalls, each of them dedicated to a different products or themes. One sells cheese, another one sells the typical Spanish ham, jamón, a third one delicious olive tapas and so on. In the middle of the market there are tables and people are enjoying the different products which they have gotten form the different stalls. We walk around a little in order to inhale this very special Spanish atmosphere and quickly find our destination, The Sherry Corner, with its colorful decoration of the wine barrels. There we order our audio tasting.

After remembering old times, I told him about my plans and I gave him a flyer of the audio tasting of sherry wines at The Sherry Corner. He loved the idea and immediately he had forgotten his first wish to do some shopping at Puerta de Sol, Gran Via Street or Preciados Street. This can be done later. So we walk out of  Plaza Mayor, cross one street, and are in front of the magnificent San Miguel Market, Mercado de San Miguel.

We dive into the lively Mercado de San Miguel

We stop in front of San Miguel Market, a breathtaking building out of steel and glass. Already from the outside you can feel its power of attraction. “This looks like fun” my friend Oskar said. Once inside we see a lot of different food stalls, each of them dedicated to a different products or themes. One sells cheese, another one sells the typical Spanish ham, jamón, a third one delicious olive tapas and so on. In the middle of the market there are tables and people are enjoying the different products which they have gotten form the different stalls. We walk around a little in order to inhale this very special Spanish atmosphere and quickly find our destination, The Sherry Corner, with its colorful decoration of the wine barrels. There we order our audio tasting.

We start the audio tasting of the sherry wines

The friendly waiter at The Sherry Corner hands us over a little Moroccan style tray (very neat!) and fills up the 6 glasses with different sherry wines.

What is more, he gives us a an audio guide, which somehow looks like a phone from the 80ies, headphones, and explains us how this device works. Furthermore, the waiter gives us a little booklet with 6 vouchers in it, which we can exchange later at the different food stalls within the market for little tapas in order to match each sherry wine.

After this little introduction we go to one of the tables in the middle of the market and start our audioguided sherry taste! Each wine has a number, and if you press the respective number on your audio guide you immerge into the fascination world of the sherry wines. The explanations are easy to listen and you get explained in detail the different aspects of the wine, its history, how it is made, and what is more, how we can appreciate its color and its aroma, how it tastes, and what type of food you can match with it.

After a while Oskar and I look at each other and start to smile, because with our headphones and the audio guide we look like as we would stand in the famous Prado Museum, appreciating a painting of Pablo Picasso.

 

However, with each sherry wine the friendly voice of the audio guide invites us to match it with a tapa from one of the different stalls of the San Miguel Market. Since we start out our “tour” with dry sherries, the tapas to match with are salty, like codfish, cheese or olives. But when we got to the sweet sherries we could match it with little cookies or even some ice cream. Have you ever matched a sweet Pedro Ximénez with vanilla ice cream? Delicious!!

Step by step we make our way through the 6 sherry vines in our Moroccan style tray, appreciating the different sensations of dry and sweet wines, matching it with delicious Spanish tapas and learning about the history of the sherry production in Spain.

 

Conclusions

After approximately 2 hours we have already consumed our 6 sherry wines and have learned a lot about one of the most representative wines of Spain. I do not know what I liked best: The sherries, the tapas, the explanations of the audio guide. I guess it was just the perfect combination out of all. The smile in Oskar’s face is the best confirmation for choosing the right thing …Reserve your audioguided sherry taste, or stop by at The Sherry Corner at San Miguel Market!