¡Ya somos 148 Sherry Explorers! We are now 148 Sherry Explorers strong!


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El III Jueves de febrero fue genial.  Nos reunimos casi 100 personas en el campamento base, el Hotel Pinomar.  37 invitados hicieron su juramento de D´Sherry Explorers ¡¡¡y ya somos 148!!!

The Third Thursday of February was great!  We gathered almost 100 persons at our Base Camp, the Hotel Pinomar.  37 invited guests were sworn-in as Sherry Explorers.  We are now 148 strong!

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La tarde fue completa.  Los invitados fueron 4 excelentes enólogos que nos presentaron sus vinos con un entusiasmo contagioso. Empezó Salvador Real de la Bodega Delgado Zuleta de Sanlúcar de Barrameda.  Nos contó que Viña Galvana ya lleva elaborándose más de 20 años y explicó sus notas de cata.  Le siguió Alejandro Narváez que presentó dos de sus vinos ecológicos de la Bodega Forlong de El Puerto de Santa María, un rosado nuevo al que han llamado Forlong Rosado 2014 “En el País de las Maravillas”, y su vino Forlong blanco que ha sido puntuado con 89 puntos por la guía Parker.  Willy Pérez, enólogo de la Bodega familiar Luis Pérez de Jerez, fue el siguiente en contarnos las características de los dos vinos con los que participó.  El tinto Samaruco, un vino excelente y bien conocido y el nuevo rosado Marismilla que sale al mercado en unos días y que según nos comentó, fue una idea de su hermana Fátima.  Para finalizar y representando a Rota, José Antonio Rodríguez o Peque, como le llamamos los amigos, nos contó la historia de su tinto Clérigo 2011 elaborado 100% con la uva tintilla de Rota.

The evening was a complete one.   Our special guests were 4 excellent wine producers who presented their wines to us with a contagious enthusiasm.  Starting off the presentation was Salvador Real, from theDelgado Zuleta Bodega in Sanlúcar de Barrameda.  He introduced us to Viña Galvana and told us that it has actually been produced for more than 20 years, as he was reviewing the wine´s tasting notes with us.  Alejandro Narváez followed and he introduced us to two of his ecological wines, produced at the Forlong Bodega in El Puerto de Santa María.  They included a new Rose wine which has been called Forlong Rosado 2014 “En el País de las Maravillas” (In the Land of Marvelous Things), and a Forlong  white wine  which has been awarded 89 points in the Parker wine guide.  Willy Pérez, oenologist for the family business, Bodega Luis Pérez, in Jerez, was the next person to explain the characteristics of the two wines which he introduced to us.   The red wine Samaruco,  an excellent and well-known wine, and their new Rose, Marismilla which comes out on the market in a few days and which, Willy said, was based on an original idea suggested by his sister, Fátima.  Rounding up the presentation, and representing Rota,  José Antonio Rodríguez  or ” “Peque,” the nickname that his friends gave him, told us the history of his red wine Clérigo 2011,   which is produced, 100 percent, from the Rota Tintilla grape variety.

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Fue interesantísimo escuchar a estos jóvenes, oír de primera mano la historia de estos vinos y ver cómo cada uno tiene unas características especiales.  Después de la parte teórica, pasamos a la practica y tuvimos la oportunidad de probar cada uno de los vinos y charlar más con los presentadores.

It was fascinating to listen to these young people, marvel at their first-hand stories relating to these wines, and to see how each wine has its own unique and special characteristics.  After the presentation, we went on to the hands-on portion of the evening.  We had the opportunity to taste each of the wines and to continue talking with the presenters.

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Los vinos los degustamos con las tapas que trajeron D´ Sherry Explorers e invitados. Como siempre hacemos, hubo un jurado secreto que eligió dos de las mejores tapas y su elección fue el txangurro con tostaditas que preparó Mari Carmen Gordillo y la tortilla de verduras del “chef”  Arturo Spagnolo. ¡Enhorabuena!

We were able to enjoy the wines with the tapas that many of the Sherry Explorers, and invited guests, had brought along. As always, we had a “secret jury” that selected two of the best tapas.  Their selections were the  txangurro con tostaditas which was prepared by  Mari Carmen Gordillo and the Spanish vegetable tortilla which was prepared by  “Chef”  Arturo Spagnolo. Congratulations!

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Gracias al Equipo de Discover Sherry que como siempre hizo un trabajo excelente para que todo marchara sobre ruedas.  También gustó mucho la decoración de carnaval de Sofía que hasta le puso una máscara a EDU, nuestra mascota.

Dentro de poco os pasaremos un video con las fotos de esta estupenda tarde, bueno, tarde-noche porque estuvimos en el Pinomar ¡hasta las once y pico!  De momento os dejamos un breve video de Gloria Fernández.

Thank you to the Discover Sherry Team which, as always, did an excellent job insuring that everything worked out perfectly.  Everyone enjoyed Sofia´s carnavalesque decoration which included putting a Carnaval mask on our mascot, EDU.

Soon we will pass on a video with the photos that were taken on that memorable evening…(well, really that memorable “evening-night” since we were all at the Base Camp until a little past eleven p.m.)  For now, we will leave you with a link to a brief video produced by Gloria Fernández.

Photos by Gloria Fernández, Ingrid Miller, Diego González Molina, and Virginia Miller.

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