When we were in Andalucia in January we received a surprise message on Instagram, quite literally out of the blue.
It was from social media content and web site providors for a biennial international wine fair being held in Jerez de la Frontera in June, Vinoble 2018.
They asked us to write an article “An Introduction to D.O. Montilla-Moriles Wines” for the Vinoble webite explaining what visitors could expect from the region’s exhibitors. We were delighted and duly accepted.
We were hugely honoured to be asked to do this and we were very proud to see our post published on the Vinoble website here. The article also includes photographs taken from our visits to Montilla-Moriles.
Things didn’t stop there. At the start of February we were invited to the UK Presentation Event for Vinoble 2018 at the Spanish Embassy in London on the 26th February – another huge honour.
We travelled to London and met up with Enrique Garrido, Managing Director of the Consejo Regulador of D.O. Montilla-Moriles along with President Javier Martín prior to the event.
Enrique introduced us to his counterparts from D.O. Málaga and Sierras de Málaga, José María Rodríguez Gómez, President and Managing Director José Manuel Moreno Ferreiro before we walked to the Spanish Embassy nearby.
When we arrived at the Spanish Embassy it was fantastic to finally meet Angeline Bayly from Bespoke Drinks Media, who had invited us and co-organised the event. Angeline is a certified Sherry Educator and also oversees Sherry Wines presence in the UK.
The event was attended by representatives of all the Andalucian denominación de origens (D.O.’s) involved with Vinoble, including Bodegas Toro Albalá from Montilla-Moriles.
Then it was time for the formalities.
The room was addressed by His Excellency, the Ambassador of Spain in the United Kingdom, Carlos Bastarreche Sagües, welcoming everyone.
Then followed speeches from César Saldaña, General Manager the D.O. Jerez-Xérès-Sherry and member of the Vinoble Advisory Committee who explained the significance of the Vinoble Wine fair to Jerez de la Frontera, Andalucia and the wider wine world.
Rodrigo Sánchez Haro, Andalucian Counselor of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development then proceeded to explain the importance of wine exports and wine tourism to the economy of Andalucia.
Sarah Jane Evans, Master of Wine then delivered a Masterclass featuring wines from the 5 D.O.’s in Andalucia, a Sauterne from France and a Tokaji from Hungary.
- Bodegas Sauci Espinapura, a Pálido from DO Condado de Huelva.
- Bodegas Delgado Zuleta – Manazanilla Reserva de Familia, a Manzanilla Pasada from D.O Manzanilla – Sanlúcar de Barrameda.
- González Byass Oloroso Añada 1975, a single vintage Oloroso from D.O. Jerez-Xérès-Sherry
- Bodegas Bentomiz Ariyanas Terruño Pizarroso 2008, a Moscatel from D.O. Málaga.
- Chateau Suduirat 2009, a Sauternes Premier Grand Cru (Botrytis wine) from Preignac (Bordeaux) in the Sauternes AOC, France.
- Tokaji Disznókö Vineyards & Winery – 2008 Disznókö Tokaji Aszu 5 Puttonyos, a Tokaji Aszu (Botyrtis wine) from Tokaji in Hungary.
- Bodegas Toro Albalá – Don PX Convento Selección 1955, a vintage Pedro Ximénez sweet wine from D.O Montilla-Moriles.
Following the masterclass we were invited to enjoy Jamón de Jabugo, an open tasting of 6 different sherries with food pairings from critically acclaimed Spanish chef José Pizarro.
You can read about the Presentation of Vinoble 2018 at the Spanish Embassy London on the Vinoble website.
What is Vinoble?
From the Vinoble website – “The international Noble Wine fair, which will be celebrated between the 3rd and 5th June, is the only wine fair dedicated exclusively to fortified and sweet wines.
It takes place biennially in Jerez de la Frontera, the Andalucian city which shares its name with one of Spain’s most famous wines.
This years edition will be the 10th edition and will held in the the Alcázar de Jerez, a fortress complex built between the XII and XVIII centuries”.