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6th Copa Jerez: And the winner is…

Friday, June 12th, 2015

As I mentioned in a recent preview  blog post, last Tuesday 9 June saw the world's foremost sherry-pairing culinary contest: the Copa Jerez. Copa Jerez 2105 winners, Sommelier Ian Adams and Chef Michelle Matthews, of 16 Romolo in San Francisco, in front of the judging panel. Teams of chefs and sommeliers from restaurants ...

6th Copa Jerez – best sherry and food pairing in the world

Friday, June 5th, 2015

This 6th bi-annual cooking and pairing competition showcasing sherry wines is on Tuesday 9 June. Jose Lopez-Montenegro - sommelier of  Atrio restaurant in Caceres. Every two years, the world’s finest chefs and sommeliers come together in Jerez de la Frontera to compete in a unique international gastronomic competition, where dishes are paired with different ...

Andalucia’s celluloid gold: Sherry and the Mystery of the Palo Cortado

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

We read a lot about budget cuts to cultural events and activities as part of the government's austerity measures these days, so it's good to see that celluloid culture in Andalucia continues to hold its own, despite these challenging times. Cinema is already having a good year - three movies shot ...

International Sherry Week: tapas menu at Vineria San Telmo in Seville

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

[caption id="attachment_13977" align="aligncenter" width="411" caption="Our sherry and tapas menu at Vineria San Telmo for International Sherry Week, which has over 1100 events in 22 countries until 8 June."] [/caption] International Sherry Week is the brainchild of Chelsea Anthon, an Australian marketer who lives in Vejer de la Frontera. Organised by Chelsea ...

Feria fun and merry with sherry

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

[caption id="attachment_13735" align="aligncenter" width="553" caption="Carriages, horses and flamenca dresses are traditional sights of the Feria which haven't changed in centuries."] [/caption] Spring is the time for fairs here in Andalucia, and kicking off the season each year is the mother of all Ferias - the Feria de Abril in Seville. As ...

Finos Palmas: Tio Pepe’s finest sherries

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_12675" align="aligncenter" width="467" caption="The Palmas logo - this one is Cuatro Palmas."] [/caption] [caption id="attachment_12636" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="The Finos Palmas - from light Una Palma (left) to rich Cuatro Palmas (right). Tres Palmas was obviously popular."] [/caption] Last week Tio Pepe launched its limited-edition sherries - four specially-selected wines which are ...

Eat well-priced tapas and win prizes in Seville, World Capital of the Tapa

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_12511" align="aligncenter" width="254" caption="Tortilla al whisky with a glass of fino - the perfect match."] [/caption] [caption id="attachment_12492" align="aligncenter" width="128" caption="Look out for this badge in bars around Seville."] [/caption] If you're going to be in Seville over the next couple of months, you're in for a tapas treat. Until this Sunday ...

The English in Andalucia

Friday, July 26th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_11518" align="aligncenter" width="420" caption="An English soldier who fought with the Spanish forces against Napeoleon's occupying troops, is buried in the Seville town of Alcala de Guadaira, part of the region's close ties with the UK."] [/caption] The history of Andalucia stretches far back to early human habitation, with Copper Age ...

A sherry tasting in Seville

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_11379" align="aligncenter" width="433" caption="The ten glasses, filled with sherry and ready to be tasted."] [/caption] [caption id="attachment_11377" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Master Winemaker Antonio Flores seduces us with tales of his love for sherry."][/caption] Last week, I was lucky enough to be invited to a sherry tasting by Bodegas Gonzalez Byass, which took ...

The first ever World Sherry Day

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_10941" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="World Sherry Day, last Sunday 26 May, saw over 300 events in nearly 30 countries."] [/caption] [caption id="attachment_10948" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Sherry barrels in Jerez - these Tio Pepe ones have a groovy ice-cool design."] [/caption] If you've ever been to Jerez - the city, the train station, or ...