Frasier (1993-2004) is a sitcom from the US that was popular also here, a spin-off from the famous series Cheers (1982-1993) based on the character Frasier Crane. Both of them were broadcast on some Spanish TV channels almost at the same time as in the US. I am too young to remember Cheers in detail but at least I enjoyed Frasier because my husband is a fan. I saw all its 11 seasons two years ago, so I could understand why it was so famous.
Frasier Crane and his brother Niles, who will become the funniest character, are two snobs with high cultural interests and very fine tastes. They like opera, classical music, antiques, art, and of course: wine.
Thanks to a customer that was with me in one of my tapas tours I discovered that this idea of being a wine lover in the US is also in connection with the idea of being a snob, so that is why in Frasier they parody about it all the time. While in Andalusia knowing about wine, or at least some basic concepts, is very common.
Anyway, the most important moment in this sitcom, the scene that made me a total fan, is when Niles suggests sherry. In the Spanish version, just to make this moment even more posh, they don’t say sherry in French: xérèz
From that episode on, Niles and Frasier drink sherry many times in all the seasons. So it came to my mind the question: What sherry do they drink? And I discovered I am not the only nerd wondering the same. This article on the blog Henry Jeffreys, they say Frasier drinks Harvey’s Bristol Cream because it is possible to recognize the typical blue bottle of this wine in season 6, episode 9.
I was very surprised that on some more forums on internet people were even trying to discover the brand of the sherry Frasier drinks, but it seems that there are no recognizable bottles apart from Harvey’s Bristol Cream. I am not going to recognize the brand, but I will try to figure out what kind of sherry is. For example, in the picture above if we look at the color of the wine in the bottle he has in his hands, we can see that it is not as dark as a cream sherry wine.
In the next video it happens something similar. In this case, they are supposed to be drinking an “Andalusian amontillado”, but the color of the wine is pale, more similar to a fino or a manzanilla.
So I actually think that they drink manzanilla or fino most of the times because their color is very distinctive. Apart from that, in the video they say the highest true ever: Sherry is much more than a wine for cooking. We knew that in Andalusia and probably thanks to Frasier lots of people in the US also know it too. So, be sure never be out of sherry if you are in a sherry mood.
Are you visiting Andalusia? Maybe I can help you to organize your trip or I can be your guide. Penelope