The seventh annual International Sherry Week, scheduled for November 2-8, was held online due to the global New Crown Pneumonia outbreak.
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Throughout the week, a variety of tastings and events celebrating Spanish fortified wines will take place online and through social media, including master classes, interviews, cooking classes and podcasts.
Considering its international focus, the International Sherry Week event has long been reaching out to the digital world, hosting a Twitter tasting back in 2015.
This year, a Sherry oclock-themed event will be live-streamed on Instagram every night of the week at 7 p.m. GMT / 2 p.m. ET.
From Monday"s Manzanilla to Friday's Fino, each day a specific style of sherry is unveiled under the auspices of wineries, sherry educators, sommeliers and bartenders from around the world.
On November 3, a Twitter tasting will take place, comparing aged sherry with new bottled sherry. At the tasting, 10 tasters will taste three rare aged sherries that date back to the 1950s, as well as several of the newest bottles of sherry.
On November 4, a 24-hour Shirley dinner event will be held in China, Australia, the United Kingdom, Spain and the United States.
Restaurants in every country offer sherry pairings for guests to enjoy at home, with the sommelier selecting a different sherry to pair with each course.
On November 5, Josep Roca, co-owner and sommelier of the Roca Brothers restaurant in Girona, Spain, will join Cesar Saldana, president of the Sherry Regulatory Council, in a webinar on the Zoom website on sherry guidelines for sommeliers.