A blog and review on all things Sherry. It is about tasting, enjoyment and learning more about the World’s Finest Wine. "Sherry is a thoroughbred" as Javier Hidalgo rightly puts it. Included are the amazing local Brandies and the remarkably good table wines also produced in the province of Cádiz.
Jerez is to benefit from a fabulous new
will be run by the famous chef, Ángel Zapata, who learned his craft from the late
and legendary Santi Santamaría. Latterly, Ángel had been working at the
super-luxury Ossiano restaurant in Dubai.
Angel looking round the house (foto:diario jerez)
projest (by the Fundación Universo Accesible and sponsored by Seguros DKV)is to
rehabilitate the beautiful old finca El Altillo which was built on an elevated
site of 150,000 square metres at the Calle Ursulinas and Avenida Andalucía by
Manuel María González Ángel, founder of González Byass in about 1860. He
planted hundreds of trees and created beautiful gardens, and the house, known
as El Recreo was a family home where many sisters lived (las niñas del Altillo)
until Blanca, the last of them died a couple of years ago, and the finca became the
property of the Jerez Town Council.
Part of the house now hemmed in by modern housing (foto:gentedejerez)
examining the property in order to decide what work should be done, always with
respect for the ambience of the building. Some ideas so far are a museum to
house the Gonzalez family goods and chattles, an area for the enjoyment of cigars and
brandy and an area for tapeo (eating tapas). The general idea is to create a top
level centre of gastronomy with the accent on local produce and the cooking of
Santi Santamaría. The project could be ready in as little as 5 months.