The first in a series of trade union demonstrations took place today in front of Bodegas Fundador. Another is scheduled for Wednesday in El Puerto de Santa María. Despite Fedejerez responding to union complaints, the unions still feel there is a gulf between the positions of the two sides in the dispute over the XXV Convenio de la Vid. Both sides say they are happy to sit down and talk, but there is little sign of that happening.
The XIV Sherry Educator Course took place last week with 31 wine professionals in attendance from no fewer than 11 countries. The Consejo Regulador introduced the course 14 years ago to train these professionals as ambassadors who would promote and spread knowledge about Sherry around the world. During an intensive 3 days they visit vineyards and bodegas, attend high level lectures and tastings, and sit an exam. Since the course began nearly 600 people have become Sherry Educators and their names are listed on the Consejo website: www.sherry.wine through which local Educators can be contacted if the need arises for a Sherry tasting or advice.