Definition of fino in English:



  • A light-colored dry sherry.

    • ‘Add to these the night-time lure of Sevilla's celebrated tapas bars where Sevillanos begin their nocturne with the obligatory fino sherry and a bite to eat, and the days - and nights - have a habit of drifting out of control.’
    • ‘Sit at a table on the terrace at sunset, sip a glass of fino and watch as the magnificent Giralda tower, just yards away, turns from warm yellow to soft pink to fiery gold.’
    • ‘Try manzanilla or fino with fish, dry oloroso and amontillado with cheese, ham and game, and sweet oloroso and Pedro Ximenez with sweets and fruit.’
    • ‘The routes are remote and just arduous enough to appreciate the stops when Pedro the muleteer will pull down a freezer bag of home-made lemonade and a bottle of fino.’
    • ‘Pale, dry fino and amontillado style wines are made from free-run juice, while heavier styles similar to oloroso are made from the subsequent pressings.’
    • ‘Aromatic floral whiffs of soft ripe apricot can't hide drier fruit flavours that have an almost fino sherry slant with a mild green olive and salty tang on the finish.’
    • ‘It wasn't so long ago that a request for a third glass of fino sherry would raise a few eyebrows and mutterings about a drink problem.’
    • ‘You'll come across farmers on donkeys, old men in tiled bars knocking back glasses of chilled fino, village markets heaving with local vegetables, and eating places where the menu has barely changed in hundreds of years.’
    • ‘A certain austerity creeps in from the fino casks, lengthening and refining the oily sweetness.’
    • ‘Dry white French vermouth, such as Noilly Prat, is particularly useful: you can usually use it where a recipe calls for white wine, but its shelf life is limited, like fino and manzanilla.’
    • ‘Now, it's almost routine to find single malts matured in used casks which once held cognac, fino sherry, Madeira, Malaga, Bordeaux and other wines and spirits.’
    • ‘In the US, Glenmorangie has released versions finished in fino sherry barrels.’
    • ‘In 19 th-century Seville, it was fashionable to drink glasses of fino in bars at midday, to escape the blistering heat of the sun.’
    • ‘The locals will have to stay resolute in the face of the invading British hordes, but it's hard to imagine they would ever be willing to swap chorizo and fino for burgers and beer.’
    • ‘Add crushed garlic and when it begins to brown, pour in strained marinade with the fino sherry.’
    • ‘The best white port from Malvasia grape is a light, stunningly dry and nutty drink similar to fino sherry and best served chilled from the fridge.’
    • ‘Temperatures were wrong all day, in fact: two finos (served, charmingly, in tiny individual carafes) were too warm to drink, the waiter apologising that there was ‘something wrong with the refrigeration’.’
    • ‘He was sitting at the bar with a glass of fino and a blonde.’
    • ‘There was a pear and a glass of fino as an aperitif, and later this evening, the bottle of Bourbon will be wrung out.’
    • ‘With soup, try a tangy fino or nutty, dry amontillado.’


Mid 19th century: Spanish, literally fine based on Latin finire to finish (see finish).