You've already got your calendar marked for the finals of the 15th annual Copa de Jerez competition on 28-29 May in Jerez, but now there's even more reason to attend the sherry showdown. The Consejo Regulador de Vinos de Jerez, which organises the comp, has announced that this year's finals will offer a comprehensive programme of events, so attendees can up their sherry expertise.
The impressive lineup will include presentations, tastings and cooking demonstrations, all designed with the aim of explaining the latest research and innovation in the sherry category.
Of course, the main event of the Copa is still the competition – and this one promises to be the most exciting yet. Finalists from Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Spain, United States, Holland and the United Kingdom will face off in food and wine pairing challenges to win the prestigious Copa, all in front of an international audience of chefs, sommeliers and other hospitality professionals.
Sommelier Alan Bednarski and chef Karl O'Dell of London restaurant Texture will represent the UK at the final.
The menu that crowned them finalists included a starter of scallops, avocado, cucumber and wasabi matched with Fino Tio Pepe En Rama from González Byass, a main dish of pigeon, turnip, blackberry and sherry jus paired with Bodegas Tradición Palo Cortado Tradición VORS and a fruit dessert made with baby pear, raisins, sponge and Isey Skyr with La Cigarrera Moscatel.