Saturday, 27 June 2015

27.6.15 Ruiz Mateos Home; Sherryfest New York

José María Ruiz Mateos has been released from prison on health grounds after his doctor submitted a report citing Parkinson’s disease. The 84 year old had been taken from the prison after one night to the Gregorio Marañón hospital after his condition worsened. His family have taken him back to his matrimonial home in Madrid.

New York has enjoyed the return of Sherryfest which ran from the 23rd to the 25thof this week. After the event’s success in 2012 it has moved around other cities in the USA, Canada and Spain. The Big Apple seems to have a thirst for Sherry which is winning great popularity among experts and wine lovers, chief of whom is Peter Liem, who initiated the 2012 event with the support of the Consejo Regulador.

L-R Peter Liem, Antonio Flores, Cesar Saldana at Sherryfest NY
The formula works, and the city was inundated with all things Sherry including seminars, tastings and gastronomic events. The Grand Tasting beat the previous record of 500 tasters leaving Peter Liem in no doubt as to how popular Sherry is becoming. The tasting featured 20 bodegas showing 140 wines, and top bodegueros were on hand such as Paola Medina (Williams& Humbert), Montse Molina (Barbadillo) and Lorenzo García Iglesias of Tradición.

Consejo Director César Saldaña participated in sessions aimed at young restaurant professionals and wine lovers on subjects like Crianza Biológica, Palos Cortados, VOS and VORS Wines and the Diversity of Sherry. They were delighted to try wines hitherto unavailable in the USA and in the opportunity to try them with menus prepared by the restaurants. In César’s words “Sherryfest is a magnificent example of the interest these great wines are awakening in professionals all over the world. It is very satisfying to have such a professional and young audience which has real admiration for the quality we produce and its great potential in world gastronomy.”

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