Do you find yourself craving a small glass of sherry before dinner? And are you a fan of the British television series Downton Abbey? Perhaps you are one of the many drinkers experiencing the "Downton effect," the term The Independent UK uses to explain the rising popularity of a once-fusty drink.Set around World War I, the series revolves around an aristocratic family and its household affairs, which often include a bit of sherry before supper. Of course, the show's popularity isn't the only reason behind the fortified wine's newfound hipness, at least in the UK. More restaurants are serving sherry, reintroducing diners to a drink they might normally associate with their grannies.
But who knows? Maybe Downton Abbey will do for sherry what Mad Men has done for whiskey. After reading the article, I'm planning on toasting the U.S. premiere of Season 2 next month with a glass of Manzanilla — how about you?
Anjali is a former private chef who is currently pursuing a graduate degree in nutrition, with plans to become a registered dietitian. She lives in Los Angeles. You can read more of her health-focused writing at Eat Your Greens.
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