Sherry is a fortified wine which originated in Spain where the finest Sherries are still produced. Sherry became popular world-wide and is produced in many countries including the U.S. Quality can vary considerably with price being an indicator of quality. Sherry is produced to be sweet (Olorosos, cream sherry) or dry (Fino Sherry).
Drink dry sherry at room temperature or chilled as an Apéritif or after dinner drink. Sweet sherry should be served chilled. Sherry is also used in many recipes for soups and sauces.
Equal amounts of Balsamic Vinegar OR Red Wine Vinegar To Substitute Another Alcohol (per 2 tablespoons needed) 2 tablespoons dry vermouth (for sauces and soups) OR 2 tablespoons sake OR 2 tablespoons mirin