Tio Pepe Fino and Olives
A personal favorite of Chantal Tseng's, this fino is a bone-dry sherry with a lemony finish that she suggests pairing with olives.
Manzanilla Pasada Pastrana
This is one of Tseng's favorite bottles. She describes this bottling from Bodegas Hidalgo La Gitana as a "fino with more life. It's less filtered and has more viscosity," she says.
Classic Sherry Cocktails
Brown believes that cocktails can serve as a gateway to appreciating sherry. On left, the Adonis ($10), essentially a sherry Manhattan made with Amontillado sherry, Cocchi Vermouth de Torino, aromatic and orange bitters, and an orange peel. At right, the Cheribita ($9), which Brown calls "the Gin Rickey of Jerez" and suspects is named in a "bastardization of the words sherry and bitters." It's made with fino sherry, Dolin dry vermouth, orange bitters, and a lemon peel.
At Mockingbird Hill, they're also featuring a few spirits that are aged in sherry casks. Papa Pilar is a rum named for Ernest Hemingway, aged in sherry casks, while BenRiach 15 Scotch is a whiskey option, finished in Pedro Ximenez casks.
Inside Mockingbird Hill
Mockingbird Hill's interior is all stainless steel, brick, and wood. It's minimal and industrial. The centerpiece is a long narrow bar with a smaller dining room and communal table in the back.