Thanks to Ciki, I got invited to a Classical Spanish Party with Tio Pepe at THIRTY8, Grand Hyatt, an exclusive sherry wine brand from the renowned Gonzales Byass winery, awarded as the Winemaker of the Year 2010 and World’s Best Spanish winery in 2014.
Meet the very elegantly dressed Tio, .....a fine gentleman by any account.
Be at this intimate launching party with a tasting session of sherry wines and specially made sherry-based cocktail menu by a Swedish mixologist from the Tio Pepe brand. Feast your eyes on the stunning feat of sherry wine pour by a professional venenciador and special guest appearance of winemaker, Matias Calleja. Join us for an evening of hearty canapés and capture the moment with a glass of sherry wine.
We were treated with lovely sherry cocktails, and sherry on its own as well, and the acrobatics of a professional "VENENCIADOR", which of course, I had to look up. You can read about it here, there are precious few links in English re this topic, so you may thank me at leisure. Basically the venenciador is a person who is versed with the art of extracting and verifying the sherry from the casks, and also is adept at using the Venencia, that long contraption used to pour sherry with great skill.
Meet Johan Holmberg, Mixologist extraordinaire, who was the youngest person to ever achieve the title of Master Mixologist, with a string of accolades, including City Weekend award "Best Cocktails in Shanghai", ...and if this doesn't put the bananas amongst us to shame...He is writing his first book on the art of mixology that will be released in CHINESE!!! He also is the founder of Serendipity Consulting, a well established bar consulting company. Wow, I would love to run that type of consultancy. He was also the Global Master Mixologist for Absolut Vodka, Plymouth Gin and Cruzan Rum.
Fried crab cakes and bell pepper with remoulade sauce, Braised beef rib with roasted rosemary potatoes, Grilled eel sushi, Grilled chicken with romaine lettuce, parmesan dressing and focaccia, Seared tuna with salsa Brava, Gazpacho in shot glass with extra virgin pil and black pepper
Chin chin!!! Or rather, Salud!!