Solera, Perpetuum, both referring to movement, and continuous movement. I’ll skip the F=m *a joke and move right on (aha)!
The two words are synonymous, directly referring to the mixing and moving of an alcohol in one barrel with a portion of older and younger vintages of the same brew. The subject arises from my previous post regarding the Bamboo cocktail, which uses sherry as a base. Sherry is perhaps the most famous product to use the solera method, though many other fortified wine products and other aged products also do the same. This article has some incredible detail on the production of Sherry.
Solera can refer to both the manufacturing process or the location where it is performed, and takes it’s name from the Latin root of floor, solum. This is a reference to the oldest vintage barrels in the collection of sherry barrels, which are typically stored at the coolest location, near floor level. Continue Reading