Ready for the off
So, after more than six months of anticipation, International Sherry Week is upon us. Starting on Monday 2 June and continuing until Sunday 8 June, this is our chance to celebrate sherry and hopefully recruit more sherrylovers to the cause.
And what a party it’s going to be. At last night’s count, Chelsea Anthon the driving force behind ISW, was reporting nearly 1500 individual events registered on the site, and more flooding in.
Here at Criadera we’ve got a mixture of things planned:
I’ll be running a tasting event in Edinburgh on Wednesday 4 June, combining my twin loves of sherry and shopping and introducing my favourite wine to some of the city’s fashionistas – if you’re near the Scottish capital and fancy joining in, here are the details.
I’m also very excited to be participating in the world’s first twitter sherry tasting, run by our good friend Ruben from the brilliant blog Sherry Notes. Fifteen tweeters around Europe, tasting and commenting simultaneously. How will I manage with only 140 characters at a time (130 after I use the #SherryTT hashtag)???
Continuing the online theme, I’ll be dashing home from Bradford (the day job doesn’t stop for ISW!) to catch Antonio Flores’ online live-streamed tasting on Thursday 5 June. The tasting runs in several different languages over 3, 4 and 5 June, so click here if you want to join in.
Of course, at heart I’m a blogger so I’ve got plenty planned for here too. Every day, there’ll be an ‘express’ tasting note, entitled ‘Today I tasted…..’ – a short and sweet note about a sherry I tasted today (and I’m planning to taste plenty!). In addition I’ll be blogging in more detail about my epic visit to Capote y Toros last week – I popped in for one sherry and a tapa and stayed until 11pm! And I’m sure there’ll other sherry-related chat I feel inspired to blog about as the week goes on.
And finally, ISW ends with a very special (but not sherry-related) event for me. On 7 June I will be donating my sleep to a great cause – the Edinburgh Moonwalk. Every year, thousands of women (and a few hundred men) power walk either 13.1, 26.2 or (if they’re REALLY crazy) 52.4 miles through the night wearing decorated bras to raise money and awareness for breast cancer causes. I will be a route marshal at the top of Arthur’s Seat (5 miles in) and then in the final mile of the course, to help keep these awesome walkers cheerful, awake and safe. When I finish at about 2pm on Sunday, I will be toasting all their incredible achievements with…. yes, you guessed it, a glass of fino!
So what about you? What will you be doing? If you don’t have plans yet, you could find an event near you by searching the International Sherry Week website. There’s bound to be something that takes your fancy. Whatever, you get up to, have yourselves a very merry International Sherry Week, and keep me posted – either here or on Twitter and Facebook. Cheers!!