Not that I really need any excuse to drink more sherry, but it is sort of inevitable during International Sherry Week, which runs from today until Saturday, November 8th. There are hundreds of events taking place, organised by sherry lovers all over the world, to appeal to everyone from those who have never even tasted sherry to enthusiasts (me!) and experts. There are always lots of online events so you can take part wherever you are – more important than ever this year of course – but there are tons of tastings and food pairings happening in actual tapas bars and Spanish restaurants too – just check the programme to see if there is something on where you are.
I’m looking forward to a Zoom webinar this evening, when the great Beltrán Domecq, who recently retired from his role as Chairman of the Regulatory Board for Jerez-Xeres-Sherry and Manzanilla and is basically sherry personified, will be talking to Sarah Jane Evans, Master of Wine, leading wine writer and sherry expert, about the new edition of his book Sherry Uncovered. I have been lucky enough to see him talking about sherry before and he is absolutely mesmerising.
I’ll also be watching the documentary Sherry and the Mystery of Palo Cortado, which is available free to view all week.
I don’t think I’ll be able to get to any real-life events this year, but I’ll be watching something every day – always with a glass of sherry in hand of course! Things might be grim at the moment but this week at least is going to be a bit more cheerful.