It is announced with great sadness that Manuel Lozano Salado, chief oenologist at Emilio Lustau and voted Best Fortified Oenologist for an unprecedented seven times by the International Wine Challenge passed away suddenly today. A brilliant Sherry maker who was regarded by all who knew him as a charming, straightforward and humble man will be very sadly missed. He is survived by his wife and three sons, to whom all of us Sherry lovers send heartfelt condolences.
Born in 1954, the year snow fell in the Bay of Cádiz, his parents had bars and restaurants where he took an interest in the wine. Manuel worked his way up from the bottom. He was visiting bodegas from the age of ten and worked the harvest at González Byass before joining the laboratory team at Fernando A de Terry where he worked for 22 years. then for Harveys after it took over Terry. In 1999 he joined Lustau where, among other things, he oversaw the introduction of the Tres En Rama series and the integration of the Domecq soleras. He was also a member of the Consejo Regulador tasting committee and in 2014 he won the Premio Ciudad de Jerez for his contribution to the Sherry trade.
Food and drink professionals inundate Barcelona every year for the huge Alimentaria trade fair which this year is in its 21st edition and expects 140,000 visitors. Sherry will naturally be present and at 18.00 this afternoon César Saldaña, director of the Consejo, and Jesús Barquín of Equipo Navazos will be hosting a quite wonderful tasting entitled “The Jewels of Jerez: Sacristías”. The chosen wines are: Manzanilla Barbiana from Delgado Zuleta, Barbadillo Solear en Rama, Fino Dos Palmas from González Byass, Fino Añada 2012 from Williams & Humbert, Amontillado VORS from Lustau, Amontillado Conde de Aldama from Yuste, Palo Cortado de la Cruz from Bodegas Arfe, Palo Cortado Antique from Fernando de Castilla, Oloroso VORS from Urium, Oloroso Añada 1986 from Hidalgo la Gitana, Oloroso VORS Solera de su Majestad from Valdespino, Solera India from Osborne and PX VOS from Tradición. Wow!
Bodegas Arfe, run by Luís Arroyo Felices, has won the fortified category of the annual Premios SeVi (Semana Vitivinícola Guide to Wines and olive oil). His Palo Cortado de la Cruz de1767 achieved a score of 98 points. A total of 1,400 wines from 325 Spanish bodegas were tasted made from 53 different grape varieties and 11 different olive varieties.