Sunday, 31 August 2014

31.8.14 Sherrymaster II; Tintilla de Rota

Gonzalez Byass is organising Sherrymaster II at their Bodegas in Jerez. The two day event taking place on Wednesday and Thursday next week is open to sommeliers, gastronomes, experts, and specialised journalists and guided by GB’s chief oenologist Antonio Flores. Firstly participants will have a tour round the viña Esteve vineyard followed by a look at the company’s historic archive. The first day concludes with two tastings conducted by Juan Ruiz Henestrosa, sumiller at the famous Aponiente restaurant in el Puerto de Santa Maria. The second day will start with a tasting in the bodega led by Antonio Flores about the differences between one butt and another, and will conclude with GB’s homage to the famous sommelier Custodio Lopez Zamarra.

The VI celebration of Tintilla de Rota got underway yesterday evening and runs till Friday. Organised by Bodegas El Gato, one of the few bodegas still producing this precious liquid, and one of the most active, there is a dedicated programme to show these wines and others from the area, along with local gastronomy. There will be conferences, a tapas route, an exhibition of art relevant to Tintilla, and a final tasting, all in emblematic venues in Rota.

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