It’s that time of the year again: Sherry Week 2017 is around the corner. For the first edition in 2014 we created the concept of a Sherry Twitter Tasting #SherryTT and this year we will host the fourth edition.
The participants will open the samples on Tuesday 7th of November (19h00 CET, which is UTC+1) and try the wines together while communicating via Twitter (including the hashtag #SherryTT in every message). I will introduce the wines and give some background information. The producers will join in on Twitter and will be available to answer your questions.
This year, four renowned sommeliers with a passion for sherry have been invited to join the event. They were asked to list some of their favourite sherries. From this list I composed this line-up:
- Fino La Panesa (Bodegas Hidalgo)
Suggested by François Chartier (award-winning author and Best Sommelier in the World 1994, Canada – @papillesetM)
One of the oldest Finos on the market (around 15 years), from a very small selection of barrels in a humid part of the bodega.
- Fino Tres Palmas 2016 (González Byass)
Suggested by Master of Wine and Master Sommelier Gerard Basset (Hotel Terravina, UK – @GerardBassetOBE)
The 2016 collection of Finos Palmas was selected by Antonio Flores with the help of Gerard Bassett. Tres Palmas is a very old Fino of around 10 years of age, on the verge of losing its flor.
- Palo Cortado (El Maestro Sierra)
Suggested by Gianluca Di Taranto (head sommelier at The Jane **, Belgium – @gnlcdtrnt)
Sourced from 4 barrels of Palo Cortado of an unknown age, the solera is estimated to be over 70 years old.
- Palo Cortado ‘Conde de Aldama’ (Bodegas Yuste)
Suggested by Meritxell Falgueras (author and blogger, Spain – @winesandthecity)
A wine from the forgotten pre-phylloxera soleras of the Duke of Aldama, of which only 8 barrels are left. It could be over 100 years old, making it one of the oldest Palo Cortados around.
- Oloroso Old & Plus VORS (Sánchez Romate)
Selected by yours truly (@SherryNotes)
A very ample, aromatic Oloroso, over 30 years old, which traditionally had been reserved for the family’s private consumption.
The sommeliers will do their best to participate live on Twitter and present their wine.