The Consejo Regulador will be hosting a Sherry Festival between the 15th and 23rd of May, when the capital of Catalunya will become the world stage for Sherry and Manzanilla with a wide range of activities to lure as many Sherry lovers and industry professionals as possible.
This is one way the Consejo is celebrating the 80th anniversary of the Sherry DO which fell on 19th January and the 50th anniversary of Manzanilla's DO which was last December. The Barcelona Sherry Festival 2015 is the ideal opportunity for local residents and visitors to discover the virtues of these great wines, and to make it all happen, there will be tasting sessions, gourmet experiences, special promotional activities, exhibitions, etc.
Special mention goes to the Showroom which will be held on the 18th May at the Majestic Hotel, undoubtedly the place to be to learn more about the Jerez Region's best wines from the winemakers themselves, bodegueros and wine experts. Around 20 different bodegas will be represented in an area displaying over 200 wines, with the option to taste and attend master classes led by the experts. Over 300 food and wine experts are expected to attend, including sommeliers, chefs, restaurateurs, educators and members of the press.
The Festival will also feature activities at some of the city's best known bars and restaurants, offering gourmet experiences such as matching food with Sherry amd Manzanilla, served while wine experts comment on the pairing menu on offer. In addition, there will be special promotions on offer at wine shops, such as a free Sherry tasting kit with any 30 euro purchase of Sherry or Manzanilla.
The fine tuning of the Festival programme is still ongoing, but the details will be announced on the Consejo website (www.sherry.org) over the next few weeks. Should you wish to attend the Festival, do bear in mind that some activities will require advance booking.