The Cask of Amontillado


Rish Poola, announced as the winner of our wine writing competition at our recent Sherry Night, presents his first official contribution – appropriately enough about sherry. Photo credit: Peng Hao. 

In tenth grade, at the height of my Edgar Allen Poe phase, I read his famed story The Cask of Amontillado. In it, the narrator, Montresor, takes macabre revenge on an unsuspecting fellow nobleman, ironically named Fortunato, by luring him to taste a rare vintage of Amontillado and then walling him up alive in the catacombs of his estate. Montresor's motive is never fully clear. Fortunato is unusual for...