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.
Better known as “the chef of the sea”, Ángel León, who has two Michelin stars has
opened his new restaurant in an old tide mill in El Puerto de Santa María.
Famous for his previous restaurant, “Aponiente”, he has transferred the name to
the new venture which employs 40 staff. He confessed to being a little worried
that he could successfully transfer the soul of the old restaurant to the new,
but at the same time is proud of the new premises. Bookings are already sold
out till mid-October. Naturally the wine list includes a healthy selection of
Sherries and the sommelier, Juan Ruiz, best sommelier of 2015, will be
The chef of the sea in his tide mill (foto:lavozdigital)
El Puerto has another attraction coming up: Encuentro Gastronómico con la Sal
y el Estero (gastronomic encounter with local salt and produce of the estuary).
This takes place on the 12-13 September at the Castillo de San Marcos and eight
restaurants will be showing their skills, including Aponiente, El Faro, El Bar
Jamon and El Puerto. Tickets are €33 which includes both days at the show and a
crystal glass with which to taste wines from Bodegas Grant, Caballero and
Forlong. The local distillery Rives will be there with their famous gin, a
bakery and even an artisan rooftilemaker.
The 2015 Cork Harvest in Spain has produced a very good yield of 90,000
tons, an increase of 5% on last year and of high quality, despite prolonged
drought and high temperatures. Cork is mainly produced in Andalucía, Extremadura
and Cataluña and some 80% will be used to seal wine bottles. Spain has 25% of
the world’s cork trees and is the second largest producer after Portugal.