Sherryfest Grand Tasting, New York. Photo courtesy of Sherryfest.
Anyone who loves sherry (raises hand) or wants to learn more about it should check out Sherryfest 2014, which will include tastings, seminars, and dinners held at various locations in San Francisco from June 17th-20th. This is the fifth Sherryfest from Peter Liem, but it is a premiere of the event in California.
The main event is the Sherryfest Grand Tasting at Bluxome Street Winery on Wednesday June 18th, with more than 100 sherries offered from 20 sherry houses; winemakers, bodega principals, and the president and director of the Consejo Regulador of Sherry will be in attendance (trade is from 11am-4pm, consumers from 2pm-4pm). Though it is a free event, preregistration is required for admittance.
Four dinner events will showcase rare sherries paired with special menus at Central Kitchen, Trou Normand, Bar Agricole, and St. Vincent Tavern & Wine Merchant (each dinner is $130, which is all-inclusive of food, sherry, tax, and gratuity). Seminars ($30-$50) will be conducted at the 18 Reasons event space and the newly opened Upstairs Central Kitchen.
Primary bodega hosts for the dinners and seminars include Rey Fernando de Castilla, Williams & Humbert, González Byass, Barbadillo, Sánchez Romate, Tradición, and Lustau. Also participating in the Grand Tasting are such distinguished names as Valdespino, Gutiérrez Colosía, Delgado Zuleta, Osborne, Bodegas 501, La Guita, Urium, Hidalgo-La Gitana, Aecovi, Dios Baco, and many others.